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Autonomous Weapons Systems and the Protection of the Human Person

9781802207668 Edward Elgar Publishing
Diego Mauri, Post-Doc Researcher in International Law, Department of Legal Sciences, University of Florence, Italy
Publication Date: June 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 766 8 Extent: c 352 pp
Providing a much needed study of the weapons paradox in the case of autonomous weapons, this book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the current debate over the use of autonomous weapons – should some form of regulation be applied or a total ban be enforced?

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Providing a much needed study of the weapons paradox in the case of autonomous weapons, this book is a detailed and comprehensive account of the current debate over the use of autonomous weapons – should some form of regulation be applied or a total ban be enforced?

How can compliance with existing rules be ensured? Can responsibility be properly allocated? To what extent do concepts such as 'human dignity' and 'humanity' provide legal guidance in coping with technology? This book tackles these momentous challenges and strives to provide sound answers, by elaborating on international law and proposing normative solutions for current and future human-machine interactions in this critical field. Diego Mauri expertly explains the complex new technological research involved in autonomous weaponry, with particular focus on technological developments that have elicited intense debates among diplomats, military experts, scientists, philosophers and international lawyers.

Providing innovative and original discussion of the effective protection of the human person in international law, this book will be welcomed by legal scholars, human rights lawyers and researchers concerned with the relationship between international law and technology.
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‘Diego Mauri’s book adds a new perspective to the literature on Autonomous Weapons Systems (AWS): the protection of human beings against the use of force. The merit of the book is to present human dignity and its corollaries as a “compass” that must guide all the actors involved in framing a set of rules for the governance of AWS.’
– Edoardo Greppi, University of Torino, Italy
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