Indian Law Professor: “Post-Human Humanitarian Law: The Law of War in the Age of Robotic Warfare”

“Post-Human Humanitarian Law: The Law of War in the Age of Robotic Warfare”

Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy, Vol. 1, 2010

Abstract:

This Review Essay, to be published in the Indian Yearbook of International Law and Policy (2010) surveys the recent literature on the tensions between of autonomy and accountability in robotic warfare. Four books, taken together, suggest an original account of fundamental changes taking place in the field of IHL: P.W. Singer’s book Wired for War: the Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century (2009), William H. Boothby;s Weapons and the Law of Armed Conflict (2009), Armin Krishnan’s Killer Robots: Legality and Ethicality of Autonomous Weapons (2009), and Ronald Arkin’s Governing Lethal Behavior in Autonomous Robots (2009). This Review Essay argues that from the point of view of IHL the concern is not the introduction of robots into the battlefield, but the gradual removal of humans. In this way the issue of weapon autonomy marks a paradigmatic shift from the so-called “humanization” of IHL to possible post-human concerns.

Thanks to Carl Shulman for the link.

Comments

  1. jacques hughes

    I’d say that the introduction of autonomous war machines is preferable to having actual men and women fighting on battlefields. Spend your GDP on expendable drones (flying, walking or crawling, I don’t care) and leave humans out of it. If any of these drones are going to be humanised by links to humans, it really should be to the guys that want a war in the first place.
    And maybe paid for from their salaries :)
    LoG

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  3. Awesome share.! I like your post!! Tess Ascensio

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