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Experts discuss lethal autonomous weapons

Last updated: 13.05.2014 // This week experts have gathered in Geneva to discuss lethal autonomous weapons. At the Meeting Norway said that the development of such weapons raises a number of legal and ethical questions, including their compatibility with the basic rules and principles of international law.

This week’s meetings take place under the 1980 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, a framework convention that restricts or prohibits the use of specific types of weapons that are considered to cause unnecessary suffering to combatants or to affect civilians indiscriminately. The decision to conduct expert discussions on the topic of lethal autonomous weapons was made in November 2013. This week’s meeting constitutes the first multilateral talks on such weapons.

Norway’s statement in the general exchange of views can be found here. For further background reading, including information about the Expert Meeting, check out the website of the Implementation Support Unit for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons here.

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