April 3 Tuesday

Killer Robots: Is Existing Law Sufficient? A Debate on How Best to Regulate Autonomous Weapons

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:10PM - 1:00PM
  • SLB - 128
  • Open To The YLS Community Only
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Killer robots are no longer a distant future prospect. Autonomous defensive and offensive systems are already being used and developed by the United States, South Korea, Russia, Germany, and Israel, among others. But how should this new technology be regulated?

“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare… We do not have long to act. Once this Pandora’s box is opened, it will be hard to close,”reads an open letter signed by Elon Musk and 116 specialists in artificial intelligence and robotics, echoing calls from some international legal scholars demanding immediate proactive regulation. Others, however, agree with the UK Foreign Office, which has stated that “international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area.”

Please join the YLS Center for Global Legal Challenges (GLC) and the Information Society Project (ISP) for a debate between Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap, Jr. and Rebecca Crootof, Information Society Project Executive Director, on whether existing legal regimes are sufficient to regulate autonomous weapons systems or whether there is a need for new, proactive regulation.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Global Legal Challenges (GLC) and the Information Society Project (ISP)