Factors shaping the legal implications of increasingly autonomous military systems

21 November 2016 Tim McFarland

This article identifies five factors that will shape the legal implications of the use of autonomous military systems. It contends that the systems which present legal challenges are those programmed to "make decisions" that are regulated by law. In so doing, they transfer control of, and responsibility for, those decisions away from those who have been traditionally seen as decision-makers to persons responsible for developing and deploying the system.

About the author

Tim McFarland
Melbourne Law School

Tim McFarland is a PhD candidate in the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law at the Melbourne Law School. He is undertaking his doctoral studies as part of the research team working on the Emerging Technologies of Warfare as a Challenge to the Law of Armed Conflict project.