Military robots and the principle of humanity : distorting the human face of the law ?
Armed conflict and international law : in search of the human face : liber amicorum in memory of Avril McDonald
The Hague : T.M.C. Asser Press, 2013
Bibliographie : p. 91-96
This article aims to raise awareness of the potential challenges involved in sending (autonomous) robots to war. Drawing on multiple disciplines, the author finds that the advantages and disadvantages of using robotic soldiers may well allow one to argue either way. However, taking into consideration the principle of humanity as a cornerstone of international humanitarian law, particularly strong concerns arise. Since robots are not able to conceive of ethical and moral concerns in addition to lacking analytical skills, it is held that they are not able to act in accordance with the rules which are applicable during armed conflict. An urgent need is recognised for the international (legal) community to take ownership of the process to regulate the deployment of robots in war situations.