Disarmament – Meeting on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in Geneva (May 13 to 16, 2014)
As part of its continuous efforts to promote disarmament, France chaired, in Geneva from May 13 to 16, the Meeting of Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, also known as “killer robots.”
This meeting was aimed at understanding the ethical, legal and operational issues raised by the development of new weapons technologies. The current ability of international law to regulate the potential use of these weapons systems, which are not yet in operation, is central to these issues.
The meeting was opened not just to experts and representatives of states, but also to those from NGOs, who were able to express their views at the meeting.
It was France that took the initiative last year to propose initiating a debate on this issue within the framework of the meetings of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, a key disarmament instrument that takes into account defense requirements as well as humanitarian concerns.