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Afonso Seixas-Nunes

The Legality and Accountability of Autonomous Weapon Systems

The Legality and Accountability of Autonomous Weapon Systems

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By adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legality of the use of autonomous weapons systems under international law. It examines different arguments presented by States, roboticists and scholars to demonstrate the challenges such systems will create for the laws of war. This study examines how technology of warfare seeks to increase the dissociation of risk and communication between weapons and their human operators. Furthermore, it explains how algorithms might give rise to 'errors' on the battlefield that cannot be directly attributed to human operators. Against this backdrop, Dr Seixas-Nunes examines three distinct legal frameworks: the distinction between the legality of weapons and the laws of targeting; different mechanisms of individual accountability and the importance of recovering the category of 'dolus eventualis' for programmers and technicians and, finally, State responsibility for violations of the laws of war caused by weapons' software errors.

Author: Afonso Seixas-Nunes
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Published: 04/25/2022
Pages: 288
Weight: 1.22lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.69d
ISBN: 9781316514832

About the Author
Seixas-Nunes, Afonso: - Afonso Seixas-Nunes, Jesuit Priest, graduated in law, Philosophy (Vitorino Sousa Alves Award) and Theology, and holds an Mst in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of Essex. He was a visiting scholar at the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict and since July 2021 he joined the University of St Louis School of Law (SLU-Law).
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