The Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) will have its first 2018 meeting on 9–13 April 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland.
The Group was created by the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), with a mandate to examine issues related to emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the CCW.
Priorities for the 2018 meetings of the CCW GGE include:
- Characterisation of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the CCW
- Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems
- Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the GGE’s work
- Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention on CCW without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals
The final agenda for the meeting is underway. Working papers will be accepted until 23 March 2018, while registration will be available until 1 April 2018. For more information, visit the CCW GGE webpage.