Simon McKenzie

Simon McKenzie
Griffith University · Griffith Law School

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My current research focuses on the legal challenges connected with the defence and security applications of science and technology, with a particular focus on the impact of autonomous systems. My broader research and teaching interests include the law of armed conflict, international criminal law, and domestic criminal law.

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Publications (15)
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Armed forces around the world are rapidly developing uncrewed maritime vehicles (‘UMVs’) for use in military operations. Key to the strategic value of UMVs is that they will have no people on board and instead be remotely controlled or, in the future, be capable of carrying out some or all of their mission autonomously. But will they fit into the e...
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Cyber operations are becoming an increasing part of armed conflict. This article assesses whether cyber operations against data during an armed conflict could amount to a war crime in the Statute of the International Criminal Court. It unpacks the plausibility of computer data being included in the categories of ‘object’ and ‘property’ in the Statu...
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On 16 September 2021, the leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US), announced the AUKUS arrangement: ‘an enhanced trilateral security partnership’ with a focus on the Indo-Pacific, which, most significantly, provides a framework for nuclear-powered submarine technology to be shared by the US and UK with Australia. T...
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Technologically advanced armed forces extensively use platforms that can be controlled remotely and do not require an on-board crew. Increasingly, these systems have the capacity to function with some degree of autonomy. The use of autonomous functionality is not specifically prohibited or regulated by the law of armed conflict but the use of auton...
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A recurring theme of the debate about the development and use of autonomous weapon systems (AWS) into the future is how to ensure accountability for their use. There is a fear that in the future, an AWS might be involved in a serious violation of international law but that no one could be held responsible for that violation. This has led many schol...
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The obligations of international humanitarian law are not limited to the attacker; the defender is also required to take steps to protect civilians from harm. The requirement to take precautions against the effects of attack requires the defender to minimize the risk that civilians and civilian objects will be harmed by enemy military operations. A...
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The development of uncrewed maritime vehicles [UMVs] has the potential to increase the scale of military maritime surveillance in the exclusive economic zones of foreign coastal states. This paper considers the legal implications of the expanded use of UMVs for this purpose. It shows how features of the legal regime—namely how its application depen...
Research
https://tasdcrc.com.au/are-autonomous-weapons-systems-prohibited/
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Armed forces around the world are rapidly developing un-crewed maritime vehicles (UMVs) for use in military operations. Key to the strategic value of UMVs is that they will have no people on board, and instead be remotely controlled or, in the future, will be able to carry out some or all of their mission autonomously. But will they fit into the ex...
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It has been over 50 years since the beginning of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. It is estimated that there are over 600,000 Israeli settlers living in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, and they are supported, protected, and maintained by the Israeli state. This book discusses whether international criminal law could apply to...

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Legal implications of the use by the armed forces of platforms and other systems with autonomous functions