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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Drones and Responsibility: Legal, Philosophical and Socio-Technical Perspectives on Remotely Controlled Weapons

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Edited by: Ezio Di Nucci, Dr Filippo Santoni de Sio, Dr Jai Galliot, Avery Plaw, Katina Michael, Steven J Barela

ISBN13: 9781472456724
Published: July 2016
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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How does the use of military drones affect the legal, political, and moral responsibility of different actors involved in their deployment and design? This volume offers a fresh contribution to the ethics of drone warfare by providing, for the first time, a systematic interdisciplinary discussion of different responsibility issues raised by military drones.

The book discusses four main sets of questions: First, from a legal point of view, we analyse the ways in which the use of drones makes the attribution of criminal responsibility to individuals for war crimes more complicated and what adjustments may be required in international criminal law and in military practices to avoid ‘responsibility gaps’ in warfare. From a moral and political perspective, the volume looks at the conditions under which the use of military drones by states is impermissible, permissible, or even obligatory and what the responsibilities of a state in the use of drones towards both its citizens and potential targets are. From a socio-technical perspective, what kind of new human machine interaction might (and should) drones bring and which new kinds of shared agency and responsibility? Finally, we ask how the use of drones changes our conception of agency and responsibility.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students in (military) ethics and to those in law, politics and the military involved in the design, deployment and evaluation of military drones.

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Introduction: drones and responsibility: mapping the field, Filippo Santoni de Sio and Ezio Di Nucci
Part 1
Drones and Legal Responsibility: Autonomous drones and individual criminal responsibility, Dan Saxon
State and individual responsibility for targeted killings by drones, Chantal Meloni
Part 2
States Responsibility and the Use of Drones: Autonomous killer robots are probably good news, Vincent C. Muller
Moral identity and remote controlled killing: a missing perspective, Bernhard Koch
State responsibility and drone operators. Jesse Kirkpatrick
Part 3
Design and Socio-Technical Perspectives: The threshold of killing drones: the modular Turing imitation game, Asa Kasher
Delegation and responsibility: a human-machine perspective, Tjerk de Greef
Civilizing drones by design, Aimee van Wynsberghe and Michael Nagenborg
Part 4
Drones and Moral Responsibility: Drones, automated targeting, and moral responsibility, Alex Leveringhaus
Drones @ combat - enhanced information warfare and three moral claims of combat drone responsibility, Michael Funk, Bernhard Irrgang and Silvio Leuteritz
Autonomous killer drones, Nikil Mukerji