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International Regulations on Artificial Intelligence in the Military: Adequate or Outdated?

Low Yan Lin

(2020) 32 SAcLJ 720

The 21st century has seen many new threats to national and international security, such as terrorism. In response, states have begun investing greatly in artificial intelligence to complement their respective defence systems. Given that public international law has remained largely unchanged over the past half a century, it may appear that public international law is ill-equipped to address the advent of artificial intelligence. However, this article argues that the existing legal framework is largely adequate in regulating the future use of artificial intelligence by states. This article also proposes certain modifications to the existing framework to enhance the framework’s effectiveness.