Aleppo, Syria - 2013. A building destroyed by repeated shelling, residents have tried to keep their business on the ground floor running. © Hannah Lucinda Smith

Areas of harm: Understanding explosive weapons with wide area effects

October 3, 2016  Comments are off

In conflicts all over the world – in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and Yemen – the use of explosive weapons like mortars and rockets in populated areas is a major cause of humanitarian harm and civilians casualties. Against the background of international recognition of the humanitarian problems caused by the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, this new report by PAX and Article 36 analyses how certain explosive weapons create wide area effects. The... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

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ICAN campaigners at the UN in Geneva © ICAN https://flic.kr/p/H4SRXW

States vote to start nuclear ban negotiations in 2017, campaigners urge UK to join

October 27, 2016  Comments are off

On 27 October, states at the UN General Assembly voted in favour of a landmark resolution mandating negotiations on a new treaty banning nuclear weapons in 2017 (see commentary on the resolution and the vote here). The majority of the world’s states support this initiative, which represents an historic opportunity to definitively prohibit nuclear weapons – placing them on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction – and break the deadlock in progress towards the... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

68 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

62 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
The UK’s Taranis stealth UAV. (Flickr/Qinetiq https://www.flickr.com/photos/qinetiq/4789729740/)

Ensuring meaningful human control, in the face of the weaponisation of robotics and AI

May 24, 2016  Comments are off

The UK parliament is currently holding an inquiry into implications for the UK of advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, including the “social, legal and ethical issues raised by developments in robotics and artificial intelligence technologies, and how they should be addressed.” Article 36 made a submission to this inquiry in April, building on our analysis of UK policy in relation to autonomous weapons systems. The UK’s engagement to date in multilateral discussions on the implications... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

68 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

62 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
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Article 36 reviews and addressing Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

April 8, 2016  Comments are off

For the CCW’s latest informal meeting of experts on LAWS, this briefing paper looks at national level legal reviews of new weapons, means and methods of warfare under the framework of article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions, in the context of international discussions on autonomous weapons systems. A number of states have suggested that action around national legal reviews could constitute a basis for addressing the serious concerns that LAWS raise,... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

69 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

68 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

62 items

Weapons Review

New technologies of killing

21 items
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