International Law Studies publishes Melbourne Forum on Emerging Technologies

International Law Studies have published three papers, authored by PREMT members, that are based on presentations given at the Future Wars and Public Conscience symposium held in Melbourne in May 2017: International Humanitarian Law and the Targeting of Data by Tim McCormack [PDF] Weapons Review Obligation under Customary International Law by Natalia Jevglevskaja [PDF] Are … Read moreInternational Law Studies publishes Melbourne Forum on Emerging Technologies

Rain Liivoja: Why it’s so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

For several years, civil society groups have been calling for a ban on what they call “killer robots”. Scores of technologists have lent their voice to the cause. Some two dozen governments now support a ban and several others would like to see some kind of international regulation. Yet the latest talks on “lethal autonomous … Read moreRain Liivoja: Why it’s so hard to reach an international agreement on killer robots

Jai Galliott: Why banning autonomous weapons is not a good idea

Some 100 people, including Tesla’s Elon Musk and the late Stephen Hawking, have recently reinforced the call for a ban on “killer robots”, known as lethal autonomous weapons. Public pressure for a ban has been mounting ahead of a United Nations meeting occurring this week in Geneva, with Australian officials in attendance, and rights activists … Read moreJai Galliott: Why banning autonomous weapons is not a good idea

New Appointments for PREMT members

Natalia Jevglevskaja and Tim McFarland have commenced research fellowships as members of the collaborative research group Values in Defence and Security Technology (VDST) directed by Dr Jai Galliott. The group is based at the School of Engineering and Information Technology (SEIT) of the University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra. … Read moreNew Appointments for PREMT members

Tim McFarland: Autonomous weapons and human control

Concerns about ensuring sufficient human control over autonomous weapon systems (AWS) have been prominent since the earliest days of the international regulatory debate. They have motivated calls for a comprehensive, proactive ban on development and use of highly autonomous weapons as well as a range of more nuanced proposals for defining and maintaining what is … Read moreTim McFarland: Autonomous weapons and human control

The future urban battlefield: Implications of new technologies

Conflict is increasingly taking place in urban settings and the development and deployment of new technologies in this context raises both challenges and opportunities. In March 2018, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) and Program on the Regulation of Emerging Military Technologies (PREMT) convened the “Emerging … Read moreThe future urban battlefield: Implications of new technologies

PREMT co-hosts multidisciplinary roundtable

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), PREMT and the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) co-hosted a multidisciplinary workshop on ‘Emerging Military Technologies Applied to Urban Warfare’ in Melbourne on 21-22 March. Over the course of two days, participants from seven universities, multiple Australian government departments, and the Red Cross movement discussed … Read morePREMT co-hosts multidisciplinary roundtable