05 August 2019

AI-LeD publishes ‘Beyond Killer Robots’ symposium papers in JIHLS

Liu, van Rompaey, Maas, Clark et al. aim for new paradigm on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems & military AI

Hin-Yan Liu
Hin-Yan Liu

Leanard Van Rompaey
Leanard Van Rompaey

Last November, the AI and Legal Disruption (AI-LeD) research unit organized a conference on ‘Beyond Killer Robots—Networked Artificial Intelligence Disrupting the Battlefield (program). The aim of this conference was to develop a novel paradigm in legal scholarship on military robotics. Most research to date has framed these systems narrowly—as ‘autonomous’ substitutes of human soldiers, over which ‘meaningful human control’ must be secured. In contrast, members of AI-LeD—including Hin-Yan Liu, Léonard van Rompaey, Matthijs Maas and Nathan Clark, argue that this is an unnecessarily narrow framing of the contemporary and evolving use of military AI on the battlefield.

Matthijs Maas
Matthijs Maas
Nathan Clark
Nathan Clark

On June 9th, members of the group, along with other conference attendees, published their findings and arguments in a joint conference symposium issue of the Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies.

The full journal issue is found at: https://brill.com/view/journals/ihls/10/1/ihls.10.issue-1.xml

The group editorial is at https://brill.com/view/journals/ihls/10/1/article-p89_89.xml

The papers published by AI-LeD team members are:

Liu, Hin-Yan. “From the Autonomy Framework towards Networks and Systems Approaches for ‘Autonomous’ Weapons Systems.” Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 10, no. 1 (June 9, 2019): 89–110. https://doi.org/10.1163/18781527-01001010.

Rompaey, Léonard Van. “Shifting from Autonomous Weapons to Military Networks.” Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 10, no. 1 (June 9, 2019): 111–28. https://doi.org/10.1163/18781527-01001011.

Maas, Matthijs M. “Innovation-Proof Governance for Military AI? How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bot.” Journal for International Humanitarian Legal Studies 10, no. 1 (2019): 129–57. https://doi.org/10.1163/18781527-01001006.

Clark, Nathan Edward. “Blurred Lines: Multi-Use Dynamics for Satellite Remote Sensing.” Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 10, no. 1 (June 9, 2019): 171–83. https://doi.org/10.1163/18781527-01001003.