Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Overview

In 2021, the Sixth Review Conference decided that the work of the open-ended Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems (GGE on LAWS) established by Decision 1 of the Fifth Review Conference as contained in document CCW/CONF.V/10, adhering to the agreed recommendations contained in document CCW/CONF.V/2, is to continue, to strengthen the Convention.

In the context of the objectives and purpose of the Convention, the Group is to consider proposals and elaborate, by consensus, possible measures, including taking into account the example of existing protocols within the Convention, and other options related to the normative and operational framework on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems, building upon the recommendations and conclusions of the Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems, and bringing in expertise on legal, military, and technological aspects.

International law, in particular the United Nations Charter and international humanitarian law, as well as relevant ethical perspectives should guide the continued work of the Group.

At the Sixth Review Conference, it was decided that the GGE on LAWS shall meet for 10 days in Geneva in 2022 (7-11 March and 25-29 July).

The session is broadcast live on https://media.un.org/en/webtvEdit.