Merel Ekelhof


Merel Ekelhof (LL.M) is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Law (Transnational Legal Studies), Boundaries of Law, at the VU University Amsterdam and a Research Fellow at the Centre of the Politics of Transnational Law. Her research is financed by the Netherlands Ministries of Defense and Foreign Affairs and focuses on the development and use of autonomous weapon systems, with a particular focus on human control within relevant decision-making processes.

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“Are you smarter than Professor Hawking?” Higher Forces and Gut-Feelings in the Debate on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

“Professor Hawking says that artificial intelligence without control may cause the extinction of the human race”, noted a Chinese delegate following a session on ‘mapping autonomy’ at the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW) meeting of experts which took place from 11-15 April 2016 at the United Nations in Geneva. The CCW convened its third meeting of experts to…

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