Treaties

Treaties and law on weapons and war (other than nuclear)

MAPW - Conventions on chemical, biological and environmental warfare - 2014

Some means of waging war are so inhumane, or represent such a violation of human rights, that their use is considered a war crime. Chemical and biological weapons, and environmental warfare, are all illegal under international law, on these grounds.

MAPW - Conventions on chemical, biological and environmental warfare - 2014

Some methods of waging war are so inhumane, or represent such a violation of human rights, that their use is considered a war crime. Chemical and biological weapons, and environmentsl warfare, are all banned under international law, on these ground. This fact sheet gives a brief history and account of the international conventions concerned.

Arms trade too secret

Dr Peter Wigg's letter to the Age, Saturday 12th October 2013 pointing out that the arms trade is too secret and as a result very corrupt. Click here to read the letter in full

 

Establishing an Arms Trade Treaty: MAPW, 2013

The Strange Difficulty of Establishing an Arms Trade Treaty: a paper written by psychiatrist Dr Peter Wigg in early 2013 discussing the international weapons trade in the light of his recent experiences caring for victims of war in the Middle East, and describing negotiations at the UN to establish the first ever international treaty controlling the trade in arms.

Australia's trade in arms: MAPW paper 6, Michelle Fahy, October 2012 (printer version)

No 6 in MAPW's War and Militarism series, this paper, written by researcher and writer Michelle Fahy, looks at Australia's arms export industry, the lack of transparency and information on this significant trade, and the need for international regulation.

Australia's trade in arms: MAPW paper 6, Michelle Fahy, October 2012 (printer version)

No 6 in MAPW's War and Militarism series, this paper, written by researcher and writer Michelle Fahy, looks at Australia's arms export industry, the lack of transparency and information on this significant trade, and the need for international regulation.

Arms Trade: Obama urged to ensure human rights protections

When US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta visit Perth today, Amnesty International and a coalition of NGOs, including supporters of Oxfam, Act for Peace, ActionAid and Medical Association for Prevention of War, will stage an event calling on the new Obama administration to work to ensure the highest possible human rights standards and protections are embed

Arms transfer decisions and international humanitarian law

This ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) document, Arms transfer decisions: applying international humanitarian law criteria, is a useful summary of the principles of international humanitarian law (the "set of rules which seek, for humanitarian reasons, to limit the effects of armed conflict") and relevant treaties, such as the Geneva Convention.

Treaties

International treaties and agreements have been created to control the conduct of war, and to outlaw particular weapons.

(Treaties dealing with nuclear weapons are covered separately)

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