447 Cesáreo Gutiérrez Espada Autonomous weapons systems, drones and international law This article outlines the research and development efforts of some states as regards so-called autonomous weapons systems, the legal risks arising there-from and the advisability of agreeing to a moratorium on these efforts, with a view to giving the international community time to adopt basic principles for these systems. The present study also deals with the use of drones in international, internal and asymmetric conflicts, how in many cases this runs counter to fundamental IHL and IHRL principles, and, finally, it emphasises the necessity of principles to be agreed on internationally concerning the use of these unmanned aircraft. Autonomous robots, drones, International Humanitarian Law, Interna-tional Human Rights Law, lethal armed robots, self-defence, autonomous weapons systems, terrorism.
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