HSP Seminar (#260) “Symposium on Contemporary Challenges of International Humanitarian Law Panel Discussion: Human Control over Autonomous Weapon Systems Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions”(Sep. 7, 2019)

Title Symposium on Contemporary Challenges of International Humanitarian Law Panel Discussion: Human Control over Autonomous Weapon Systems Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions
Descriptions Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, this symposium is organized to recognize current challenges to international humanitarian law and to create the necessary space to engage interlocutors in reflections on how we can work together towards ensuring better respect for the law. The symposium will start with a keynote speech by Professor Noam Lubell of University of Essex, who will discuss contemporary challenges of IHL. The keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion with a focus on autonomous weapon systems.
The issue of autonomous weapon systems has been discussed under the framework of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). There are many attempts to clarify how autonomous weapon systems are and should be regulated. However, it is still unclear what this means in real terms. The discussion in this event will focus on the technical questions on how human control can be achieved at the different stages mainly from legal perspectives but also from technical side, thereby contributing to cultivating a better understanding of the issue and to shape deeper discussions on autonomous weapon systems.
Date September 7th, 2019 (Sat) 13:00 – 16:30
Venue Bldg. 18 (Map), Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo
Lecturer Prof. Noam Lubell (Director of the Essex Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub, University of Essex)
Commentators Ms. Mary Wareham (Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch)
Mr. Hideo Tomikawa (Senior Fellow, National Institute for Defence Studies, Ministry of Defence)
Prof. Yoshihiko Nakamura (Department of Mechano-Informatics, the University of Tokyo)
Dr. Jan Römer (Regional Legal Advisor for Asia and the Pacific Region, ICRC)
Moderator Mr. Hisashi Tsuya (NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Commentator)
Languages English and Japanese (simultaneous translation)
Materials To be distributed at the event.
Organizers Graduate Program on Human Security (HSP), The University of Tokyo
Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Supporters Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Japanese Red Cross Society (TBC)

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