The Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines (CCBL), an organization that leads the discussion on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) from civil society in Colombia, proposed in 2020 to carry out, in cooperation with the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a series of workshops with experts to discuss, share and address concepts and opinions on how to advance the international debate on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) or Killer Robots.

The Cycle of Virtual Discussions on “Emerging Technologies in the field of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems” was held during the year 2021 and its main objective was to set a space for dialogue, analysis and debate so that the competent state entities have a more knowledgeable depth of the subject and of the discussions that have taken place at the multilateral level. This allowed them to develop more criteria that will facilitate the definition of a solid and well-structured national position on the subject. Likewise, these discussion cycles were an opportunity to learn the positions of other countries and actors.

The Cycle of Virtual Talks on “Emerging Technologies in the field of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems” was divided into 4 sessions, which were based on the guiding principles established by the Government Group of Experts on Emerging Technologies in the field of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems of Lethal Autonomous Weapons of the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons (CCAC): 

  • April 15, 2021: First session: Implications of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems in International Humanitarian Law (Principles a and h).
  • May 6, 2021: Second session: Human control in man-machine interaction and the responsibility of individuals and States in the use of lethal force (Principles b, c and d).
  • May 27, 2021: Third session: Development of lethal autonomous weapons systems within the legal framework (Principles e, f, g, i).
  • June 17, 2021: Fourth session: Current status and perspectives of international discussions on the issue of emerging technologies in the field of lethal autonomous weapons systems (Principles j and k)

With this, the CCBL seeks to continue influencing the establishment of norms and actions that prevent and remedy human suffering and environmental damage caused by indiscriminate weapons and armed conflicts.

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