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Disarmament Law: Expert Meeting at GCSP

On 22-23 March 2018, the Security and Law Programme at GCSP organised an expert meeting on Disarmament Law

Disarmament is integral to the defence and promotion of international security, and hundreds of millions of dollars are spent each year on disarmament programmes. States have disarmament obligations set in international treaties. International organisations are called to supervise their correct implementation. Yet, no comprehensive guide exists to explain clearly the international rules governing disarmament and the functioning of existing verification and compliance mechanisms.

In order to fill this gap, GCSP hosted the first of a series of expert review meetings on international law on disarmament. The meetings, gathering both practitioners and academics with a specific expertise in this field, are a contribution to the forthcoming “Disarmament Law: A Practical Guide” (Routledge, 2019), co-authored by Mr Tobias Vestner, Cluster Leader of the GCSP Security and Law Programme, and Dr Stuart Casey-Maslen, Honorary Professor of International Law at the University of Pretoria. The participants to the meeting highlighted the need for a comprehensive reference on disarmament which combines international law, policy and practice considerations to be used as term of reference by practitioners in their daily work. “A practical guide like the one presented here is extremely valuable especially for young professionals entering the field of disarmament”, declared a state representative of a permanent mission to the Conference on Disarmament during the meeting. The insights of all the experts attending the two-days meeting provided crucial elements for the further development of the guide.

To be published in 2019 by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the guide aims to describe not only the international norms applicable to disarmament, but also the operational, political and technical considerations that govern their implementation. The intended readership encompasses diplomats, security experts, donors, humanitarian and disarmament practitioners, journalists, lawyers and scholars.

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