Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, has written a new report in which especially the issue of targeted killings through armed drones is addressed. In 2010, 2013 and 2014, former UN Special Rapporteurs Philip Alston and Christof Heyns initiated the legal discussions on the many concerns around state accountability for extrajudicial killings with armed drones in...

Jet Groenendijk and Isa Zoetbrood, two students from the University of Utrecht, have made a podcast in which they talk about remote warfare. In the first episode, Groenendijk and Zoetbrood discuss the Dutch MQ-9 Reapers that the Netherlands will receive in the summer of 2020. Two experts, Wim Zwijnenburg, Programme Leader Humanitarian Disarmament at PAX, and Lauren Gould, assistent professor at...

The Trump administration plans to reinterprets an arms agreement in order to sell more American military drones, three defense industry executives and a U.S. official told Reuters. The Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), signed in 1987 by the U.S. and other states, was developed to counter the proliferation of missiles for the delivery of all types of weapons of mass destruction...

This month, the European Commission announced the new selected European defence research projects and opened calls for new defence research proposals. The development of uncrewed systems plays a significant role in both the selected projects and call for proposals, which will all be funded by the European Defence Fund (EDF). A new selected research project, which should be finished within 2...

Though the European Parliament has long been aware of problematic use, development, and proliferation of armed drones, a host of new developments has necessitated an update on where we are. To inform both current and newly elected Members of the European Parliament, a lunch meeting was organised by the Greens/European Free Alliance on December 5th, 2019, to discuss recent developments...

The Netherlands is expected to receive four unarmed MQ-9 Reaper drones near the end of 2020, but already some parliamentarians are keen to open the debate about arming them. In November 2019, the Dutch Parliament voted in favour of a motion directing the Ministry of Defence to start investigating whether these drones should carry weapons. The motion, proposed by the...

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Though it is far from establishing a European Army, the EU is being increasingly adapted for military purposes. New instruments related to the integration, financing, and coordination of military research, development, and operations have been created in quick succession. Military unmanned systems, or drones, have taken a central stage within these developments. Their development is considered to be essential for...