Beyond The Ban: A Comprehensive Approach To The Governance Of Autonomous Weapons

Jia Yuan

Jia Yuan studied Politics and Sociology at the University of Cambridge. He works now as a research associate at SMU Centre for AI & Data Governance in Singapore.

Author’s Note

Current debates about autonomous weapons tend to see a establishing a ban or developing regulations as mutually exclusive options. This dissertation argues that effective governance must incorporate both mechanisms. A legally binding treaty will most likely rest on a narrow, precise definition, meaning that it should be accompanied by forward- and backward-looking responsibility practices that go across states, the private sector and individual researchers. Borrowing from the field of nuclear politics, the dissertation further explores the pathways to creating an autonomous weapons taboo.