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Robot ethics and law: Part two: law

Robert Bogue (Associate Editor, Industrial Robot )

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 12 August 2014



This is the second part of a two-part paper which aims to provide an insight into the ethical and legal issues surrounding certain classes of robot. This part is concerned with law.


Following an introduction, this paper first describes the European RoboLaw project and then considers legal issues and activities relating to civilian airborne drones, driverless road vehicles and assistive robots. It concludes with a short discussion.


The legal issues associated with many classes of robot are the topic of much debate, and efforts are underway to create appropriate legislative frameworks. A project is presently seeking to create a framework for the development of a Europe-wide “Robolaw” and in certain cases, laws are already being formulated to accommodate recent robotic developments. These deliberations are rapidly gaining pace and are now also considering future generations of highly autonomous and intelligent robots.


This paper provides an insight into the highly topical and complex issue of robot law.



Bogue, R. (2014), "Robot ethics and law: Part two: law", Industrial Robot, Vol. 41 No. 5, pp. 398-402.



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