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Ban ‘killer robots’ to protect fundamental moral and legal principles

When drafting a treaty on the laws of war at the end of the 19th century, diplomats could not foresee the future of weapons development.

  • Bonnie Docherty
  • The Conversation

But they did adopt a legal and moral standard for judging new technology not covered by existing treaty language.

Kel 2bThis standard, known as the Martens Clause, has survived generations of international humanitarian law and gained renewed relevance in a world where autonomous weapons are on the brink of making their own determinations about whom to shoot and…

The Martens Clause calls on countries not to use weapons that…

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