Restructuring the Multilateral Export Control Regime System

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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Daniel Joyner

University of Alabama - School of Law

Date Written: 2004


This article identifies a current disharmony arising from increased expectations for the effectiveness and scope of the multilateral non-proliferation export control regime system, coupled with the reality of regime structures the inherent institutional limitations of which form significant barriers to meeting these expectations. The article will propose that, through employing international legal and organisational theory, this disharmony can be substantially mediated, and that the expectations of the multilateral non-proliferation community can be essentially met through efforts of reform and restructuring of the multilateral export control regimes. These efforts, while endowing the regimes with the increased formality necessary for higher levels of effectiveness, at the same time do not present the serious challenges to notions of state sovereignty that have contributed to the current unwillingness of regime members to institute programmes of reform within the regimes.

Suggested Citation

Joyner, Daniel, Restructuring the Multilateral Export Control Regime System ( 2004). Journal of Conflict and Security Law, Vol. 9, Issue 2, pp. 181-211, 2004. Available at SSRN:

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