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During the process of reducing a nation’s supply of weapons or the strength of its armed forces (arms control, reduction in arms) the main focus nowadays is on three categories of weapons : weapons of an indiscriminate effect (cluster munitions, landmines), biological and chemical weapons and the (non-) proliferation of nuclear weapons (nuclear disarmament).
This Research Guide is intended as a starting point for research on Disarmament. It provides the basic legal materials available in the Peace Palace Library, both in print and electronic format. Handbooks, leading articles, bibliographies, periodicals, serial publications and documents of interest are presented in the Selective Bibliography section. Links to the PPL Catalogue are inserted. The Library’s classification index code 172. Disarmament and subject heading (keyword) Disarmament are instrumental for searching through the Catalogue. Special attention is given to our subscriptions on databases, e-journals, e-books and other electronic resources. Finally, this Research Guide features links to relevant websites and other online resources of particular interest.
- Nystuen, G. and Casey-Maslen, S. (eds.), The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Commentary, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010.
- Commission sur les Armes de Destruction Massive, Armes de terreur: débarrasser le monde des armes nucleaires, biologiques et chimiques, Paris, Harmattan, 2010.
- Rietiker, D., Le régime juridique des traités de maîtrise des armements: plaidoyer pour l’unité de l’ordre juridique international, Bern, Stämpfli, 2010.
- Beynio, J., Die völkerrechtliche Zulässigkeit der Aufrüstung mit Kernwaffen, Frankfurt am Main, Lang, 2010.
- Journé, V., Armes de terreur: débarrasser le monde des armes nucleaires, biologiques et chimiques, Paris, Harmattan, 2010.
- Joyner, D.H., Interpreting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Petriz, W., Vor dem Aus? Der Vertrag über die Nichtweiterverbreitung von Kernwaffen, Frankfurt am Main, Lang, 2012.
- Rutherford, K.R., Disarming States: the International Movement to Ban Landmines, Santa Barbara, CA, Praeger, 2011.
- Thakur, R. and E. Haru, The Chemical Weapons Convention: Implementation, Challenges and Opportunities, Tokyo, United Nations University Press, 2006.
- Asada, M., “The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Universalization of the Additional Protocol”, Journal of Conflict & Security 16 (2011), No. 1, pp. 3-34.
- Joyner, D.H., “Recent Developments in International Law Regarding Nuclear Weapons”, International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 60 (2011), pp. 209-224.
- Kiernan, P.M., ”‘Disarmament’ under the NPT: Article VI in the 21st Century”, Journal of International Law and Practice, 20 (2012), No.2, pp. 381-400.
- Lindstrom, G., “Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction”, in G.P. Herd (ed.), Great Powers and Strategic Stability in the 21st Century: Competing Visions of World Order, Abingdon, Routledge, 2011, pp. 45-64.
- Weiss, P., “Taking the Law Seriously: the Imperative Need For a Nuclear Weapons Convention”, Fordham International Law Journal, 34 (2011), No. 4, pp. 776-787.
- Fennell, S. and C. Tofan (eds.), Arms Control, Nijmegen, Wolff Legal Publishers, 2011.
- Tabassi, L.W. (ed.), OPCW: the Legal Texts, The Hague, T.M.C. Asser Press, 2009.
Periodicals, serial publications
- Disarmament Forum
- SIPRI Yearbook: World Armaments and Disarmament
- United Nations Disarmament Yearbook
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Pifer, S. and O'Hanlon, M.E., The Opportunity: Next Steps in reducing Nuclear Arms, Washington, DC,Brookings Institution Press, 2012.
President Obama gave priority to nuclear arms control early in his first term and, by all accounts, would like to be transformational on these questions. Can there be another major U.S.-Russia arms treaty? Can the tactical and surplus strategic nuclear warheads that have so far escaped controls be brought into such a framework? Can a modus vivendi be reached between the two countries on missile defense? And what of multilateral accords on nuclear testing and production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons? Pifer and O’Hanlon concisely frame the issues, the background, and the choices facing the president; provide practical policy recommendations, and put it all in clear and readable prose that will be easily understood by the layman.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Kelle, A., K. Nixdorff and M. Dando (eds.), Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race, Stanford, CA, Stanford Security Studies, 2012.
Preventing a Biochemical Arms Race responds to a growing concern that changes in the life sciences and the nature of warfare could lead to a resurgent interest in chemical and biological weapons (CBW) capabilities. By bringing together a wide range of historical material and current literature in the field of CBW arms control, the book reveals how these two disparate fields might be integrated to precipitate a biochemical arms race among major powers, rogue states, or even non-state actors.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Joyner, D.H. and Roscini, M. (eds.), Non-Proliferation Law as a Special Regime: a Contribution to Fragmentation Theory in International Law, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
The fragmentation of international law is an undeniable phenomenon, and one that has met with increasing academic interest. This fragmentation is the result of the progressive expansion of both international legal activity and the subject-matter of international law. This expansion brings with it the risk of conflicting rules, principles and institutions. Non-Proliferation Law as a Special Regime focuses on weapons of mass destruction, and aims to identify whether there are specific rules applying to this field that depart from the general rules of international law and the rules of other special regimes, in particular with regard to the law of treaties and the law of state responsibility. In providing a systematic analysis of a substantive area of international law, and applying the theory of fragmentation and special regimes, the book contributes to the on-going debate concerning one of the most topical issues in international law.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Bryden, A., International Law, Politics, and Inhumane Weapons: the Effectiveness of Global Landmine Regimes, London, Routledge, 2013.
This book contributes to contemporary debates on the effectiveness of international humanitarian law (IHL) in regulating or prohibiting inhumane weapons, such as landmines. Two treaties have emerged under IHL in response to the humanitarian scourge of landmines. However, despite a considerable body of related literature, clear understandings have not been established on the effectiveness of these international legal frameworks in meeting the challenges that prompted their creation. This book seeks to address this lacuna. An analytical framework grounded in regime theory helps move beyond the limitations in the current literature through a structured focus on principles, norms, rules, procedures, actors and issue areas.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Cimbala, S.J., Nuclear Weapons in the Information Age, New York, NY, Continuum, 2012.
The bipolar world that ended with the demise of the Soviet Union coincided with the arrival of the information age in modern warfare. It was assumed that military suasion would presumably depend upon a state’s effectiveness in the conduct of military operations based on information principles and supporting technology. Nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction however have survived into the twenty-first century as “niche” weapons tor slates that face regional security dilemmas, perceived threats of nuclear blackmail, or expectations of conventional conflicts that may escalate into nuclear first use and beyond.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Acton, J.M., Deterrence during Disarmament: Deep Nuclear Reductions and International Security, London, IISS, 2011.
After two decades of stagnation, Russia and the United States have pledged their support for reductions in nuclear warheads. But the vision of mutual disarmament remains plagued by doubts on all sides. Russia, the US and American allies struggle as ever with the notion that downsizing would be a step into the unknown, and hold on to the belief that, when it comes to deterrence, size matters. (….) Deep reductions in nuclear arsenals are much less problematic than commonly perceived, as the experience of the USSR and the US in the early Cold War, and China, France and the United Kingdom over a longer period demonstrates.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Fabre, H., L'usage de la force dans l'espace: réglementation et prévention d'une guerre en orbite, Bruxelles, Bruylant, 2012.
Après avoir analysé l’objet et l’étendue de la réglementation internationale des armes spatiales dans le cadre des relations internationales et stratégiques, l’auteur présente des initiatives pour consolider la sécurité des activités spatiales et les principales orientations d’un régime de réduction du risque ASAT (armements antisatellites).View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Rietiker, D., Le régime juridique des traités de maîtrise des armements : plaidoyer pour l'unité de l'ordre juridique international, Bern, Stämpfli, 2010.
La maîtrise des armements, parfois appelée «désarmement», ne semble pas aujourd’hui un domaine de prédilection des internationalistes. En dépit du nouveau élan créé par l’administration Obama ainsi que des succès certains constatés en la matière au cours des dernières années, notamment l’adoption des conventions relatives aux mines antipersonnel ou aux armes à sous-munitions, ce domaine reste peu exploré par la doctrine, surtout de langue française. Le présent ouvrage a pour but de contribuer à combler cette lacune.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Joyner, D.H. Interpreting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011.
The 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty has proven the most complicated and controversial of all arms control treaties, both in principle and in practice. Statements of nuclear-weapon States from the Cold War to the present, led by the United States, show a disproportionate prioritization of the non-proliferation pillar of the Treaty, and an unwarranted underprioritization of the civilian energy development and disarmament pillars of the treaty. This book argues that the way in which nuclear-weapon States have interpreted the Treaty has laid the legal foundation for a number of policies related to trade in civilian nuclear energy technologies and nuclear weapons disarmament.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
McArdle Kelleher, C. and J. Reppy (eds.), Getting to Zero: the Path to Nuclear Disarmament, Stanford, CA, Stanford Security Studies, 2011.This book takes on the much-debated nuclear zero objectives—exploring the serious policy questions around them and delineating the best practical steps for the nuclear nations to take to achieve them. It raises the urgent questions that need to be addressed and proposes some of the answers that need to be sought in the years ahead by world leaders, politicians, NGOs, and scholars. Beginning with the history of the nuclear zero movement, Getting to Zero documents the successes and failures of six decades of attempts to control nuclear weapons proliferation, lays out the past decisions of the major nuclear states that form the context for the current initiatives, and analyses the policies of the regional powers—both nuclear and “potentially nuclear”—that will frame the prospects for getting to nuclear zero.View this title in our link resolver Plinklet
Colombia: At Last Peace with the FARC?
Columbia’s fourth attempt at peace with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) started formally last month in Oslo and will continue the 15th of November in Havana, Cuba. The earlier attempts- starting in 1984, 1990 and 1998- to end one of Latin America’s longest and bloodiest armed conflict all failed. Why would the outcome of the peace talks this time be different?Read more
Japan’s nuclear energy policy: energy security versus non-proliferation
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Energy is the “life blood” of any economy, but for Japan, this truism has an added importance. Japan is poor in natural resources, specifically sources of energy, which are so vital to a healthy, modern economy:
– Japan must import over 80% of all primary energy needs;
New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty Enters Into Force
On Saturday, 5 February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exchanged the documents of ratification at the Munich Conference on Security Policy with which a new treaty on strategic arms reduction (New START [PDF]) entered into force.Read more
New Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty
On Wednesday, 24 March, both Russia and the United States indicated that after months of delay they are finally about to sign a new nuclear arms reduction treaty in the Czech capital Prague early next month.Read more
North Korea confirms nuclear test
North Korea has conducted its second nuclear test, the country’s state news agency KCNA announced today. The nuclear test was expected. Earlier this year North Korea conducted a failed intercontinental missile test.
“The current nuclear test was safely conducted on a new higher level in terms of its explosive power and technology of its [...]Read more
New Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) to be signed on December 3, 2008
Cluster Bomb Tour Bus takes on Eastern Europe
On Wednesday, 1st October an eight-week campaign trail through Europe was launched to convince all governments to sign a groundbreaking treaty banning cluster bombs, in Oslo on December 3, 2008. Beginning in Belgrade, Serbia and ending at the signing ceremony in Norway, the Ban Bus will rally [...]Read more
- Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, Washington DC
- International Atomic Energy Agency
- NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security
- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
- United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research
- United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
- The United Nations Office (UNOG) in Geneva -- Disarmament
- United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
- Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation
- Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
- NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace, and Security
- STAR Site. Strategic Arms Reductions. Internet Project of the Center for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies
- IAEA Bulletin : Non-proliferation nuclear weapons
- Abolition 2000 - Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons
- UNIDIR - Home
- The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Website
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