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Lethal Autonomous Weapons and Policy-Making Amid Disruptive Technological Change

(In Part I of this post on UN talks on lethal autonomous weapons, I discussed how the underlying artificial intelligence that enables autonomous systems is improving rapidly. In this Part II, I will examine different policy approaches for dealing with this uncertainty.)

This week, countries are meeting at the United Nations to discuss lethal autonomous weapons and the line between human and machine decision-making.…   continue »

Cyber, Sovereignty, and North Korea–And the Risk of Inaction


Americans, and people throughout the world, are becoming increasingly aware that there are significant vulnerabilities in the Internet, and that there are malicious actors who are intent on exploiting those vulnerabilities. And Americans and others are beginning to appreciate the potential for harm that could result – harm to public safety, harm to the economy, and even harm to our capacity for self-government.…   continue »

My Priorities As UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism: The Problem of Permanent Emergencies

French soldiers patrolling a street of Saint Denis, France, during an anti-terrorist raid on November 18, 2015.  France has been under a government-declared state of emergency since 2015.

As the recently appointed United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights while Countering Terrorism I have set out my mandate priorities and share them here with Just Security readers.…   continue »

New UN Team Investigating ISIS Atrocities Raises Questions About Justice in Iraq and Beyond


On September 21, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously passed resolution 2379 to pursue accountability for atrocity crimes perpetrated in Iraq by the Islamic State (also called ISIS, ISIL or Da’esh). The resolution, in paragraph 2, requests the UN Secretary-General

to establish an Investigative Team, headed by a Special Adviser, to support domestic efforts to hold ISIL (Da’esh) accountable by collecting, preserving, and storing evidence in Iraq of acts that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed by the terrorist group ISIL (Da’esh) in Iraq .

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Six Reasons Why the US and Other States Should Support an Independent, International Inquiry on Yemen


This week, governments will vote at the United Nations on whether to create an international commission of inquiry on Yemen. In recent weeks, 67 international, regional, and Yemeni NGOs urged the UN Human Rights Council to establish an independent inquiry into serious allegations of human rights and humanitarian law violations—a call that Canada, the Netherlands, and China have echoed.…   continue »