Chemical and Biological Weapons

Forthcoming in R Liivoja & T McCormack (eds), Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict, Routledge

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 723

26 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2015

Date Written: October 26, 2015

Abstract

This chapter commences with an overview of the efforts to prohibit the use of chemical and biological weapons (CBW) by means of the 1899 and 1907 Hague Conventions and 1925 Geneva Protocol. This is followed by a brief discussion of the negotiation of the BWC and CWC, including efforts to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). The chapter then outlines the role of other international agreements in helping to achieve these humanitarian objectives in our changing world. The chapter concludes with reflections on some of the current and future challenges to the prohibition of CBW.

Keywords: K00, K39

JEL Classification: chemical and biological weapons

Suggested Citation

Mathews, Robert J., Chemical and Biological Weapons (October 26, 2015). Forthcoming in R Liivoja & T McCormack (eds), Routledge Handbook of the Law of Armed Conflict, Routledge, U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 723, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2679720

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