As part of the project the Geneva Academy and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) organized an expert meeting to discuss armed drones and autonomous weapon systems under international law.
The results of the research were published in November 2014 as Academy Briefing No. 8, Autonomous Weapon Systems under International Law.
This Briefing reviews the legality of using autonomous weapon systems with respect to the law that governs inter-state use of force (jus ad bellum), the international law of law enforcement and international humanitarian law, notably in regard to the rules on distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack. It also examines the international obligation to conduct a legal review of autonomous weapon systems and the broader issues of accountability under domestic and international law.