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Burri, T (2018). International Law and Artificial Intelligence. German Yearbook of International Law, 60(1), 91-108.
Burri, Thomas (2018). "International Law and Artificial Intelligence" German Yearbook of International Law, vol. 60no. 1, 2018 pp. 91-108.
Burri, T (2018). International Law and Artificial Intelligence. German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 60 (Issue 1), pp 91-108.


International Law and Artificial Intelligence

Burri, Thomas

German Yearbook of International Law, Vol. 60 (2018), Iss. 1 : pp. 91–108

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Thomas Burri, Prof. Dr., Assistant Professor of international law and European law at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland; Dr. iur. (Zurich), LL.M. (College of Europe, Bruges), lic.iur. (Basel), admitted to the bar of the canton of Zurich, V

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This article proposes five arguments about major aspects of artificial intelligence and their implications for international law. The aspects are: automation, personhood, weapons systems, control, and standardisation. The arguments in aggregate convey an idea of where international law needs to be adapted in order to cope with the artificial intelligence revolution under way. The arguments also show the inspiration that may be drawn from existing international law for the governance of artificial intelligence.

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Section Title Page Action Price
Thomas Burri: International Law and Artificial Intelligence 1
I. Introduction 1
II. Argument 1: International Law Will Not Be Automated 2
III. Argument 2: As Artificially Intelligent Entities with Legal Personality Emerge, the Law Must Be Reviewed 5
IV. Argument 3: The Geneva Process Will Result in a Ban on Autonomous Weapons Systems, But It Will Be Limited to Weapons Systems Operating Beyond Meaningful Human Control 8
V. Argument 4: Existing International Law Offers Valuable Insights into the Meaning of Control Over Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of Delegation 1
VI. Argument 5: Supersoft Law Will Govern Artificial Intelligence 1
VII. Conclusion 1