Linda Eggert

Linda Eggert

Technology and Human Rights Fellow
The Ethics of Autonomised Harming

Linda Eggert is a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford's Department of Politics and International Relations. Her research lies at the intersection of moral, political, and legal philosophy, and currently focuses on global (rectificatory) justice, the ethics of defensive harming, and non-consequentialist ethics. 

Linda's doctoral thesis develops an account of just conduct in and after armed humanitarian interventions. Focusing on the morality of other-defence, it sets out principles to govern the just distribution of risks of harm. It also defends rectificatory obligations generated by failures to rescue and the causation of 'collateral' harms. These principles have distinct implications for the assessment of risk transfer in military practice, the application of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in armed interventions, and remedial duties owed across national borders.

Linda's project on the ethics of autonomised harming seeks to throw new light on what it would mean for harmful autonomous systems to operate justly in our rights-based moral and legal environment. Focusing on autonomous vehicles and autonomous weapons systems, the project aims to develop a clearer understanding of the nexus of civilian and military applications of AI, and to illuminate some of the moral, political, and legal challenges posed by autonomous systems' ability to both protect and violate individual human rights.

Linda was a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation, a Rotary Scholar (Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution), and an Ethics Scholar at St Anne's College, Oxford. She teaches graduate and undergraduate students in moral and political philosophy, and has also worked with the German Ethics Council, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, the Académie Diplomatique Internationale, and the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation.