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Humanitarian Disarmament: Banning Killer Robots, events with Mary Wareham

Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

The AI Forum is supportive of the call for an international ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS).  Below are the details of public events with Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and Global Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, in Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Auckland.


BRIEFING

Join us at the below humanitarian disarmament NGO briefing with Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and Global Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, for a presentation and discussion on fully autonomous weapon systems (aka killer robots), international developments, and the need for New Zealand to develop coherent policy to guide its multilateral disarmament diplomacy on this unprecedented threat to humanity.

This briefing is organised by the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and hosted by Christian World Service (CWS).

Humanitarian disarmament: Banning killer robots, Christchurch

When: Tuesday, 16 April, from 1pm to 2pm
Where: CWS office, 7 Halkett Street off Antigua Street, Christchurch
RSVP: stopkillerrobots@xtra.co.nz or via the Facebook event

*Please note that seating is limited, so an RSVP is essential*


FORUM

Join us at this humanitarian disarmament forum with Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and Global Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, for a presentation and discussion on fully autonomous weapon systems (aka killer robots), international developments, and the need for New Zealand to develop coherent policy to guide its multilateral disarmament diplomacy on this unprecedented threat to humanity.

Humanitarian disarmament: Banning killer robots, Dunedin

When: Wednesday, 17 April 2019, from 5.30pm to 7pm
Where: 530C1-530 Castle Street Seminar Room 1 G.01, Otago University
RSVP: stopkillerrobots@xtra.co.nz or via the Facebook event

This forum is organised by the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and co-hosted by Information Science and Computer Science at the University of Otago.


LECTURES

Join us at one of these humanitarian disarmament lectures by Mary Wareham, Advocacy Director of Human Rights Watch’s Arms Division and Global Coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, for a presentation and Q &A on fully autonomous weapon systems (aka killer robots), international developments, and the need for New Zealand to develop coherent policy to guide its multilateral disarmament diplomacy on this unprecedented threat to humanity.

Humanitarian disarmament: Banning killer robots, Wellington

When: Wednesday, 1 May, from 5.30-7.00pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 2, Rutherford House, Pipitea campus, Victoria University
For further information please contact: stopkillerrobots@xtra.co.nz or the Facebook event

REGISTER HERE

This lecture is organised by the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and hosted by the Centre for Strategic Studies in association with the New Zealand Institute for International Affairs.

Humanitarian disarmament: Banning killer robots, Auckland

When: Friday, 3 May 2019, from 6.00-7.30pm
Where: Auckland University – full details soon
RSVP: stopkillerrobots@xtra.co.nz or via the Facebook event

This lecture is organised by the Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and hosted by the Conflict, Terrorism and Peace (CTAP) Research Group at the University of Auckland.


About The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is an international coalition of NGOs working for a preemptive ban on the development, production and use of autonomous weapon systems – robotic weapons with the ability to select and attack targets, without any meaningful level of human control over the use of force.

About Mary Wareham

Mary Wareham is Advocacy Director of the Arms Division at Human Rights Watch and serves as coordinator of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She is in New Zealand to speak at public events in Christchurch on 16 April, Dunedin on 17 April, Wellington on 1 May, and Auckland on 3 May.

Wareham worked as a researcher for the New Zealand parliament from 1995 to 1996 after receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Victoria University of Wellington. From 2006 to 2008, Wareham served as advocacy director for Oxfam New Zealand, leading its efforts to secure the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions. She served as a member of the country’s Public Advisory Committee for Disarmament and Arms Control from 2006-2012.

As senior advocate for the arms division of Human Rights Watch from 1998 to 2006, Wareham established and led the Landmine Monitor research initiative to verify compliance and implementation of the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty. From 1996 to 1997, she worked for the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, assisting Jody Williams in coordinating the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), co-laureate of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize together with Williams.

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