Law and the Future of War

The face of war is changing. Contemporary and potential future conflicts involve new domains of warfare, irregular actors, novel capabilities and new tactics.

Advances in technology drive or facilitate much of this evolution in warfare. Law and the Future of War Research Group investigates the diverse ways in which law constrains, enables or ignores technological change in the context of national and global security. We focus particularly on the legal challenges posed by autonomous functions of military platforms, systems and weapons.

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Autonomous Weapon Systems and the Law of Armed Conflict: Compatibility with International Humanitarian Law

11 September 2020 3:00pm4:00pm
This seminar will briefly outline the defining technical characteristics of autonomous weapon systems and the aspects of machine autonomy which underlie legal concerns.
Presented by Dr Tim McFarland (Research Fellow, UQ Law School, Law and the Future of War Research Group).
Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court

Online book launch - Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court

11 August 2020 4:00pm5:00pm
Join author Dr Simon McKenzie (UQ Law School) and guest speaker, Professor Tim McCormack (University of Tasmania), in launching the book Disputed Territories and International Criminal Law: Israeli Settlements and the International Criminal Court.
US autonomous naval vessel

Autonomous naval vessels and international law

15 October 2019 5:30pm6:30pm
Presented by Professor Rob McLaughlin, Professor of Military Security Law and Director of the Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society at UNSW Canberra, and Dr Simon McKenzie, Research Fellow, UQ School of Law.