Should we prohibit or regulate autonomous weapons? Taking the campaign to stop killer robots as the starting point, this breakfast seminar identifies a set of key ethical and legal issues relating to robotic weapon platforms.


  • Alexander Harang (Director, Fredslaget): The Stop Killer Robots Campaign and the case for a global ban
  • Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen (Professor of Law, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, UiO): Humans “out of the loop”- are we reaching the Limits of IHL?
  • Tobias Mahler (Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law, UiO): From automated to autonomous in incremental steps- does a legal ban make sense?

Chair: Kristin Bergtora Sandvik (PRIO)

08.30 Breakfast and Coffee
08.40 Introduction and Welcome (Kristin B. Sandvik)
08.45 Presentation by Panelists (Alexander Harang, Kjetil Mujezinovic Larsen and Tobias Mahler)
09.00 Panel Discussion
09.40 Questions and Comments
09.50 Final Remarks
10.00 End of Seminar

This breakfast seminar is organized by the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS), in collaboration with the PRIO research groups on Humanitarianism and Law and Ethics.

A video recording of the event is available here.