This article seeks to provide a background of some of the principal legal issues and initiate a much-needed legal and ethical dialogue related to the use of lethal autonomous robotic technologies in the military context. Following a brief introduction, Sect.120.2 of this article provides a brief history and illustrations of autonomous robots in the military, including the pending development of LARs. Section 120.3 sets forth a number of important ethical and policy considerations regarding the use of robots in military endeavors. Section 120.4 reviews the current patchwork of guidelines and policies that apply to the use of military robots. Section 120.5 considers the role that international treaties and agreements might play in the governance of LARs, while Sect. 120.6 investigates the potential role of soft law governance mechanisms such as codes of conduct.
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