The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) hosted a series of three webinars from 26-28 October, 2020, which explored the technological, military and legal aspects of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems (LAWS). The purpose of each webinar was to provide analysis on issues pertaining to technological, military and legal aspects of LAWS, through an interactive dialogue between expert speakers and participants.
Questions were collected and shared with the expert speakers in advance of each webinar and used to inform their initial briefings and following discussions.
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WEBINAR 1: TECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS
Dr. Vanina Martinez (University of Buenos Aires), Dr. Ricardo Rodriguez (University of Buenos Aires), Jane Pinelis (Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, US), Barry O’Sullivan (University College Cork), Thomas Grohs (Airbus), Dr Gabriele Rizzo (FUTURES Lab) and Abhishek Gupta (Microsoft).
WEBINAR 2: MILITARY ASPECTS
Vadim Kozyulin (PRI), Trisha Ray (ORF), Paul Scharre (CNAS) and Netta Goussac (SIPRI).
WEBINAR 3: LEGAL ASPECTS
Prof. Rain Liivoja (University of Queensland), Ms. Pia Devoto (SEHLAC), Dr. Thompson Chengeta (University of Southampton), Prof. Leng XinYu (Professor, School of Law China University of Political Science and Law), Prof. Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov (Professor of International Law, Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law), Ms. Netta Goussac (SIPRI)