As nations convene at the United Nations in Geneva this week to continue deliberations on “lethal autonomous weapons systems” or “killer robots”, it is clear that the diplomatic process is moving too slowly.
On 27 March 2018, the African Union held a High-Level Seminar on Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems for African Union Missions to Geneva at the United Nations Headquarters in Geneva., Switzerland.
Address by Deputy President David Mabuza during the commemoration of Human Rights Day in Sharpeville, Gauteng.
Jeanique Pretorius is an LLD candidate and researcher affiliated with the SARChI Professorship in International Constitutional Law at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘The protection of the natural environment in non-international armed conflict under international treaty law’. Professor Erika de Wet and Professor Jann Kleffner (Swedish Defence University) are her supervisors.
Jeanique worked as legal research assistant to Ambassador Marie Jacobsson, United Nations International Law Commission Special Rapporteur on the Protection of the Environment in Non-International Armed Conflict at the 2016 International Law Commission sessions in Geneva, Switzerland. From December 2015- January 2016 she received financial support from a Von Humboldt Institutional Partnership to conduct doctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. In 2016, she conducted research as a Van Calker scholar at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne, Switzerland for three months. She also received a 7-month DAAD scholarship to conduct research at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg in 2016.
Jeanique graduated with an LLB from the University of Pretoria in 2013. She completed an LLM in International Law: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Military Operations at the University of Pretoria in 2014, with distinction. During her studies she has worked and as a student assistant at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa, as an academic associate in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria and as an editor at the Language Centre of the University of Pretoria.
Her main research interests are public international law, international humanitarian law, international environmental law and international human rights law.