Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Overview

2014 Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems
The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) took place from 13 to 16 May 2014 at the United Nations in Geneva.

At the 2013 CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties, a new mandate on lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) was agreed on. The mandate states:

"...Chairperson will convene in 2014 a four-day informal Meeting of Experts, from 13 to 16 May 2014, to discuss the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. He will, under his own responsibility, submit a report to the 2014 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, objectively reflecting the discussions held."

The Meeting of Experts was chaired by Ambassador Jean-Hugues Simon-Michel of France.

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Overview

The CCW Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) was held from 13 to 17 April 2015 at the United Nations in Geneva. Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany chaired the Meeting of Experts.

Mandate

The 2014 CCW Meeting of High Contracting Parties agreed on a new mandate on LAWS, which states:

"The Meeting decided to convene under the overall responsibility of the Chairperson an informal meeting of experts of up to five days during the week of 13 to 17 April 2015 to discuss the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems, in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. The Chair of the Meeting of Experts will, under his or her own responsibility, submit a report to the 2015 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, objectively reflecting the discussions held." (CCW/MSP/2014/9, paragraph 36)

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Overview

The third CCW Meeting of Experts on LAWS took place from 11 to 15 April 2016 in Geneva. The Meeting was chaired by Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany.

The 2015 CCW Meeting of States Parties agreed to the following mandate for the Meeting of Experts:

"The Meeting decided to convene an informal meeting of experts of up to five days during the week of 11 to 15 April 2016 to discuss further the questions related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention. The Chairperson of the meeting of experts will submit a report in his personal capacity to the 2016 Fifth Review Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Convention. The meeting of experts may agree by consensus on recommendations for further work for consideration by the 2016 Fifth Review Conference."

An advanced version of the Report of the Informal Meeting of Experts on LAWS under the Chair's personal responsibility is now available.

An advanced version of the recommendations for further work on LAWS to be considered by the 2016 Review Conference, as agreed on by consensus at the Meeting of Experts, is now available.

Attached is the list of experts, who made presentations during the Meeting of Experts.