Following reports from the Advisory Council on International Affairs and the Advisory Committee on Public International Law, the Netherlands recently finalised its new position on autonomous weapons (currently available in Dutch only). The Netherlands now recognises that fully autonomous weapons systems should be explicitly prohibited, and supports the creation of new rules to regulate the use of other autonomous weapons systems. At the second 2022 meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, the Netherlands stated that it is not opposed to a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems, adding that for the Netherlands, ‘the main objective of a possible binding instrument is to ensure that sufficient human judgment and control is maintained when an autonomous weapon system is deployed.’
Read more on the Netherland’s new position from Stop Killer Robots member organisation PAX here (in Dutch). For more information on state positions on the negotiation of a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems, see our state positions monitor.
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