Damian Copeland
Damian Copeland


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Law

Degree type

Higher Degree Research

Research project topic

Article 36 legal review - weapons with autonomy

PhD Candidate
LLB (Hons QUT), LLM (Merit ANU)

Research project

How to conduct an Article 36 legal review of weapons with autonomy

Damian is a lawyer in the Australian Army and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  Since joining the Army Legal Corps in 2006 he has served in a variety of appointments. As a lawyer in the Department of Defence, Directorate of Operations and Security Law in Canberra, Damian completed Article 36 reviews on a range of new weapons introduced into the Australian Defence Force.  His PhD thesis considers the ability of international humanitarian law (IHL) to regulate new technology weapons.  He uses the Art 36 weapons review process to consider existing and future challenges to IHL presented by autonomous weapons, cyber weapons, and weapons enhanced by artificial intelligence.

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