The Evolution of Arms Control Instruments and the Potential of the Arms Trade Treaty

Author
Tom Coppen
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Goettingen Journal of International Law
Volume
7
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
Institution
The Goettingen Journal of International Law
Abstract
Although the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has the potential to create an effective international legal framework for controlling the international arms trade, much depends on the subsequent development of its legal framework. This article therefore analyzes how the ATT, as a multilateral arms control treaty, can develop its own legal framework in accordance with international law and what role the organs established by it can play in that process. It will be shown that in its current form the ATT has significant shortcomings that may prevent it from achieving this goal, but there certainly is room for the lawful development of its norms, which will depend on amassing political will and the establishment of practice.
Topic
Arms Control and Proliferation, Diplomacy, International Law, Treaties and Agreements, Military Affairs
Political Geography
Global Focus