In this episode of Stay in Command we discuss the diplomatic process and progress being made regarding lethal autonomous weapons systems. The episode featured Elizabeth Minor from UL-based NGO Article 36 which works to to prevent harm from weapons through stronger international standards and is on the steering committee of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. We look at how this issue has progressed and where it is going. We unpack key themes in the current debate and where the process must go.

Content in this episode:

Overview of this issue on the diplomatic stage to date [00:01:56]

Human Control Unpacked [00:09:05]

Human control in international debates[00:12:57]

Notion of the so-called 'entire life cycle' of the weapon [00:14:50]

False solution of proposed techno-fixes [00:18:35]

Limitations of Article 36 Weapons Reviews[00:20:50]

Debates around definition [00:25:58]

Going beyond the guiding principles[00:29:28]

Arriving at ‘Consensus recommendations’[00:30:31]

How a Legally Binding Instrument might look [00:33:26]

How we get there-diplomatic avenues[00:37:06]

The need for decisive action and leadership[00:38:42]

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