Retaining human control of weapons systems

Briefing Note for the Convention on Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems: United Nations, Geneva, April 2018.

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is a global coalition of non-governmental organizations working to ensure that adequate levels of human control are retained in the use of force by banning the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.

The campaign calls on all states to:

• Commit to negotiate a legally-binding ban treaty without delay to determine how and where to draw the boundaries of future autonomy in weapon systems;

• Specify the necessary human control required over the critical functions of identifying, selecting, and engaging targets and over individual attacks;

• Adopt national policy and legislation to prevent the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapons.

States must draw the line now against unchecked autonomy in weapon systems by ensuring that the decision to take human life is never be delegated to a machine. With adequate political will and a coordinated effort, a new international treaty can be negotiated by the end of 2019.


View the full briefing note from the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots here.