[Masterclass] Law and ethics of artificial intelligence in defence and security

22 - 23 November 2021
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: €995,- €495,- (Students and NGO-workers)
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut & DILEMA Project
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being developed and deployed in the defence and security sectors. The risks posed by autonomous weapon systems (so-called ‘killer robots’) are at the forefront of news coverage and international discussions, yet the opportunities and challenges of using AI for defence and security go far beyond this narrow and hypothetical frame. Today already, AI technologies such as image recognition, autonomous navigation, object and threat detection, and decision-support systems are being used by armed forces.

This Masterclass will provide you with in-depth perspectives on the complex legal and ethical challenges raised by AI in defence and security. When approaching the topic of AI, it is essential to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective and take account of both ethical concerns and legal aspects.

The Masterclass will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to AI ethics, including main theories in the philosophy of technology, value-sensitive design, and the meaning of autonomy. The legal part will address the current state of the law and how it regulates emerging technologies (including international humanitarian law and international human rights law), explore issues of responsibility, and discuss where there is room for policy initiatives to strengthen the international framework on AI in defence and security.

The Masterclass is organised by the research team of the DILEMA project on Designing International Law and Ethics into Military AI, a leading initiative on the topic of military AI.



Dr Berenice Boutin is a senior researcher in international law and project leader of the DILEMA project on Designing International Law and Ethics into Military Artificial Intelligence. This project explores interdisciplinary perspectives on military AI, with a focus on legal, ethical, and technical approaches on safeguarding human agency over military AI. 


Dr Sadjad Soltanzadeh is a Postdoctoral researcher in ethics and philosophy of technology. Sadjad is working with the DILEMA project with the goal of understanding the legal, philosophical, and moral importance of human autonomy and human agency in the context of autonomous systems.


After the successful completion of this Masterclass, you will receive a professional certificate from the T.M.C. Asser Instituut.

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