Future war crimes and the military (2)

Autonomy and synthetic biology

Authored by: James Gow , Ernst Dijxhoorn

Routledge Handbook of War, Law and Technology

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  May  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138084551
eBook ISBN: 9781315111759
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This chapter largely follow on from the previous one. It continues to present empirical research findings that might inform future war crimes discussions, in a context where technological change challenges current international legal norms, focusing on the judgement of military practitioners. This chapter reports parts of this empirical research that focused on two areas: autonomous weapons systems and robotics; and synthetic biology. 1 As noted regarding findings in relation to cyber warfare in the previous chapter, the research explored different levels of understanding and concern, alongside one another.

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