The Shortcomings of Indeterminacy in Arms Control Regimes: The Case of The Biological Weapons Convention

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 101, 2007

52 Pages Posted: 19 Aug 2013

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Jack M. Beard

University of Nebraska College of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2007

Abstract

States consider many variations in substance, structure, and obligation as tradeoffs in negotiating the design of arms control agreements. Using the Biological Weapons Convention as an example, this article analyzes the dangers of adopting indeterminate language in this process. While it may be useful elsewhere, indeterminacy can frustrate arms control efforts and is particularly damaging to multilateral disarmament regimes shaped by security dilemmas involving complex dual-use technology issues.

Keywords: Soft law, international law, treaties, arms control, biological weapons, security dilemmas

Suggested Citation

Beard, Jack M., The Shortcomings of Indeterminacy in Arms Control Regimes: The Case of The Biological Weapons Convention (January 1, 2007). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 101, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2312699

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