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A 'Male' Future?: An Analysis on the Gendered Discourses Regarding Lethal Autonomous Weapons

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Juliana Santos de Carvalho

Public International Law and Policy Group, US
About Juliana Santos
Juliana Santos de Carvalho is a student of LLM Law and Politics of International Security at VU Amsterdam and a research associate. She received a Bachelor of Laws from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). The author would like to thank the reviewers for their insightful comments on an earlier draft of the article, as well as, dr. Marijn Hoijtink for introducing the author to this topic and for her useful comments and suggestions. All remaining errors are claimed as the author’s own.
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Abstract

There is a lacuna on how gender informs the talks concerning the pre-emptive ban on lethal autonomous weapons (LAWs). This study does a critical discourse analysis on texts produced by participants of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) on LAWs, in an attempt to unearth the gendered language within these debates. Propositions against the ban do a gender stereotyping on LAWs, and also try to imprint a ‘male-protector’ imagery to the nation willing to use them. Discourses in favour of the ban have merely indirectly critiqued such hyper-masculinised approach. To unpack deeper concerns regarding the usage of LAWs, this piece suggests a direct exposition of the masculinised layers of arguments against the ban.
How to Cite: de Carvalho, J.S., 2018. A 'Male' Future?: An Analysis on the Gendered Discourses Regarding Lethal Autonomous Weapons. Amsterdam Law Forum, 10(2), pp.41–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.37974/ALF.320
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Published on 01 Mar 2018.
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