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International Disarmament Law: An Expert Meeting

On 18-19 September 2018 GCSP’s Security and Law Programme held an expert meeting on disarmament law.

Disarmament is integral to the safeguarding and promotion of security, development and human rights. Yet, no comprehensive guide exists to explain clearly the international rules governing disarmament and to support the implementation of these rules in practice.

In order to fill this gap, GCSP hosted the second 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 “International Disarmament Law: A Comprehensive 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. This last edition of expert meetings was attended by Prof Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, Member of the Committee Against Torture, Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law; Ms Mallory Stewart, Principle Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories; Dr John Borrie, Chief of Research, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research; Mr Richard Lennane, Executive Director of the Geneva Disarmament Platform; Mr Marc Finaud, Arms Control Cluster Leader, Emerging Security Challenges Programme, Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP); Dr David Atwood, Lecturer at Paris School of International Affairs on UN and Disarmament. Much obliged for their contribution, GCSP thanks the experts for their engagement in the discussions which provide crucial insights to the guide and its contribution to the field of disarmament.

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 and scholars in their daily work. To be published in spring 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.