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The Law of Weaponry Is It Adequate?

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This chapter starts by setting forth the fundamental principles of the law of weaponry. Creating such legal principles is however likely to prove a nugatory activity unless states develop some way of evaluating the legitimacy of new weapons against the legal rules which have been developed to control them. This is the purpose of weapons reviews. The chapter describes how the UK performs this task. Then, it examines the Conventional Weapons Convention (CCW) process, summarising what it has produced and where it presently rests. The chapter addresses the advantages and disadvantages of the CCW approach to making international law in this field. It ends by discussing the broad adequacy of current weapons law by reference to the specific issues noted earlier.

Keywords: conventional weapons convention (CCW); international law; law of weaponry



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