Commission Global Consultation Exercise

ConsultationBirmingham Policy Commission: The Security Impact of Drones 

Regulation questions

  • Is the Missile Technology Control Regime an appropriate instrument to regulate the proliferation of RPAS technology? If it is, will it remain so? 
  • If new regulations are necessary and feasible, which particular technologies or performance specifications should be controlled? 
  • What measures need to be taken in order to regulate security and military RPAS in civilian airspace 
  • Given the legal debate about RPAS, how effective do you think Article 36 of the 1977 Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 is in ensuring that weapons like RPAS at the development and procurement stages comply with the Law of Armed Conflict/International Humanitarian Law? 
  • It is argued that there needs to be more transparency in the use of RPAs. Do you agree? Can more transparency be achieved in the design, development, deployment and supervision of autonomous systems? 
  • In your opinion, what measures, if any, should be taken to regulate the development of autonomy in RPAS technology? How would they be verified? If they are practicable and desirable, how and where could negotiations be started to give the best chance of success? 
  • Is the law on accountability for intended and unintended consequences of the lethal use of drones satisfactory?
  • Would decisions by the UK to restrain RPAS research, acquisition or operation be likely to change emerging international practice: as an individual nation? As part of NATO? As an EU Member? As one of the P5?

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Please send any evidence that you would like to submit to Ms Lindsay Murch: