Arms Control and Non-proliferation

Weapons of Mass Destruction and International Law

Introduction
 
            The perceived threat from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has become one of the most important issues on foreign policy and national security agendas. The WMD threat has, for example, profoundly influenced the Bush administration's national security and homeland security strategies. [1] For the United States and like-minded allies, Iraq's alleged possession of WMD has become a casus belli. The rise to prominence of the WMD threat raises questions about the role of international law concerning WMD in this new environment.
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8
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David P. Fidler
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NORTH KOREA'S WITHDRAWAL FROM THE NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION TREATY

           On January 10, 2003, North Korea announced (a) that it was withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), effective immediately, and (b) that its withdrawal from the NPT left it free from the binding force of its Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
 
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8
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2
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Frederic L. Kirgis
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International Law and the Report of the High-Level U.N. Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change

The U.N. Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change has issued a lengthy report setting out a broad framework for collective security. [1]   It touches on several issues of international law and organization, including some important ones that are the focus of this Insight.  
 
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8
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29
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Frederic L. Kirgis
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U.S. Ambassador Makes Statement Regarding Shift in Antipersonnel Land Mine Policy and Ultimate U.S. Accession to Mine Ban Treaty (June 27, 2014)

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Nicole R. Tuttle

On June 27, 2014, the U.S. ambassador to Mozambique made a statement regarding a shift in U.S. antipersonnel land mine policy and the prospect of U.S.

Nuclear Bunker-Busters and Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Bush administration's proposed budget for FY 2006 contains appropriation lines for resuming research on the nuclear bunker-buster. This proposal is likely to renew the heated debate within the United States over the role and shape of U.S. nuclear forces. It also raises an important legal issue: does this research cause the United States to run afoul of its disarmament obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)?
 
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9
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7
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Andrew J. Grotto
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Reports Highlight Success of Mine Ban Treaty (June 23, 2014)

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Nicole R. Tuttle

On June 23, 2014, the International Campaign to Ban Landmines released a series of reports coinc

Supreme Court Limits Holding in Bond, Not Reaching Constitutional Treaty Implementation Authority

On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its second decision in Bond v.

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18
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14
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Ronald J. Bettauer
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U.S., U.K., France, China, and Russia Sign Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone Treaty (May 6, 2014)

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Nicole R. Tuttle

On May 6, 2014, the United States, United Kingdom, France, China, and Russia signed the Protocol to the Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Z

OPCW-U.N. Joint Mission Urges Syria to Complete Chemical Weapons Removal (April 27, 2014)

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Nicole R. Tuttle

On April 27, 2014, the Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations (Joint Mission)

Marshall Islands Files ICJ Applications Against Nine States for Failure to Fulfill Nuclear Arms Obligations (April 25, 2014)

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Steven Arrigg Koh

On April 25, 2014, the Marshall Islands filed applications (UK-related application only) that accuse nine States (China, North Korea,