Sahala looks at the part of her family’s house that was destroyed when their village was occupied by ISIS. Returning to Tulaband, Iraq, after explosives were cleared and schools were restored, the family now faces challenges to rebuilding their home and livelihood. © Emily Garthwaite/Article 36

Analysing the ‘protection of civilians’ as a policy agenda – ...

May 27, 2020  

In a new paper released today, Article 36 examines the ‘protection of civilians’ as a global policy agenda, using an analysis of states’ contributions to the 2019 UN Security Council ‘open debate’ to look at the current state of discussion. The purpose of this is to look at where the entry points might be for future policymaking initiatives – particularly around weapons – that can contribute effectively to the wider goal of protecting civilians. Protecting... Read more

Analysing the 'protection of civilians' as a policy agenda - and ways forward for protecting civilians

May 27, 2020

The draft political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: key comments

April 6, 2020

From “pink eyed terminators” to a clear-eyed response? UK policy on autonomous weapons

March 23, 2020

Autonomy in weapons systems – considering approaches to regulation

March 18, 2020

Residents of Al Mishlab, east of Raqqa returning back home to check their houses and belongings. © Diala Ghassan/MSF

The draft political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: key com...

April 6, 2020  

On 17 March 2020, Ireland released the first draft for a political declaration on protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons, a process that they have been leading since last year. This paper contains the International Network on Explosive Weapons (INEW)’s key comments on the draft political declaration text. These comments highlight the most significant changes that INEW would like to see in the next version in order to provide stronger humanitarian protections. Based... Read more

Analysing the 'protection of civilians' as a policy agenda - and ways forward for protecting civilians

May 27, 2020

The draft political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: key comments

April 6, 2020

From “pink eyed terminators” to a clear-eyed response? UK policy on autonomous weapons

March 23, 2020

Autonomy in weapons systems – considering approaches to regulation

March 18, 2020

From “pink eyed terminators” to a clear-eyed response? UK policy on autonomo...

March 23, 2020  

In this new paper, Article 36 analyses UK contributions to the discussion on ‘autonomy’ in weapons systems at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The UK’s political position that existing law is sufficient and no new regulation in this area is necessary obscures a policy orientation dispersed through its statements that has a strong emphasis and useful detail on human control over systems that apply force on the basis of sensors and machine calculations. Brought... Read more

Analysing the 'protection of civilians' as a policy agenda - and ways forward for protecting civilians

May 27, 2020

The draft political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: key comments

April 6, 2020

From “pink eyed terminators” to a clear-eyed response? UK policy on autonomous weapons

March 23, 2020

Autonomy in weapons systems – considering approaches to regulation

March 18, 2020

Autonomy in weapons systems – considering approaches to regulation

March 18, 2020  

This new short paper aims to assist thinking about the relationship between regulatory options and our conceptualisation of the subject matter in discussions on autonomy in weapons systems. The international discussion on autonomy in weapons systems is rendered challenging by diverse starting assumptions about both the parameters of the subject matter and the types of regulation that are being sought. The adoption of the wording ‘lethal autonomous weapons’ (LAWS) as an organising term in the... Read more

Analysing the 'protection of civilians' as a policy agenda - and ways forward for protecting civilians

May 27, 2020

The draft political declaration on explosive weapons in populated areas: key comments

April 6, 2020

From “pink eyed terminators” to a clear-eyed response? UK policy on autonomous weapons

March 23, 2020

Autonomy in weapons systems – considering approaches to regulation

March 18, 2020

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