Drones, robotics, and new military technologies: debating the Norwegian position

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Time: Wednesday, 09 June 2021 09:30-11:00
Place: Online event

Drones, robotics, and new military technologies: debating the Norwegian position

​This event will be held in English. It is part of a series of webinars organised by PRIO and the European Forum on Armed Drones, a civil society network of organisations working to promote human rights, respect for the rule of law, disarmament and conflict prevention.

Joint organisation:

European Forum on Armed Drones

Peace Research Institute Oslo

Some of today's military technologies raise political, ethical and legal challenges both to the armed forces and to the society at large. These challenges require that both civil society and the political forces participate in debates with the military in defining a legal, ethical, and just use of technologies such as armed drones and other robotics.

Technologies have an impact in society that is not always easy to anticipate. Contemporary civil-military relations are characterized by a growing importance of dual-use technologies and by a participation of civilian R&D environments in the developments of technology that may have a military use. Today it is more common that civilian technology is used in a military context (spin in) than the opposite (spin off).

These dynamics have generated a number of regulatory initiatives in different states and international organisations that Norway participates in and engages with, namely the UN, NATO and the EU. This event aims at taking stock of the Norwegian position on these issues and to stimulate more political discussion about the development, use and proliferation of these technologies. The focus will be on military robotic and drone systems currently in development and anticipated use in the next five to ten years.

The European Forum on Armed Drones (EFAD) is a civil society network of organisations working to promote human rights, respect for the rule of law, disarmament and conflict prevention.

Preliminary programme

Event chair: Bruno Oliveira Martins, PRIO

Speakers:

Ilaria Carrozza, PRIO

Gerald Folkvord, Amnesty Norway

Greg Reichberg, PRIO

Henrik Syse, PRIO and Bjørknes College

Richard Moyes, Article 36


The event can be accessed here.