The Chemical Weapons Convention: A Commentary

Hardcover | October 2, 2014

EditorWalter Krutzsch, Eric Myjer, Ralf Trapp

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This book provides an article-by-article commentary on the text of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its Annexes, one of the cornerstone disarmament and arms control agreements. It requires the verified elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction and their means ofproduction by all its States Parties within established time lines, and that prohibits any activities to develop or otherwise acquire such weapons.Cross-cutting chapters alongside the detailed commentary, by those intimately involved in the development of the Convention, assess the history of the efforts to prohibit chemical weapons, the adoption of the Convention and the work of the Preparatory Commission, the entry into force of theConvention to the Second Review Conference, and the need for a new approach for the governance of chemical weapons.Written by those involved in its creation and implementation, this book critically reviews the practices adopted in implementing the Convention, as well as the challenges ahead, and provides legal commentary on, and guidance for, its future role. It assesses how to adapt its implementation toadvances in science and technology, including the discovery of new chemicals and the development of biochemical 'non-lethal' compounds that influence behaviour. It addresses the legal framework within which the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) takes decisions, both withregard to the OPCW's own regulatory framework and regarding wider international norms, accepted principles, and practices. The Commentary draws conclusions on how the prohibitions against chemical weapons can be strengthened and the stature of the OPCW protected. It highlights the involvement ofindustry and academia in this prohibition, creating a symbiosis between effective governance and the legal framework of the Convention.This book is an authoritative, scholarly work for anyone interested in the Chemical Weapons Convention, in international disarmament and arms control law, and in the work of international organizations, and a practical guide for individuals and institutions involved in the Convention's day-to-dayimplementation.

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This book provides an article-by-article commentary on the text of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and its Annexes, one of the cornerstone disarmament and arms control agreements. It requires the verified elimination of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction and their means ofproduction by all its States Parties within...

Walter Krutzsch is a retired lawyer. From 1984 he participated for the German Democratic Republic in the negotiations on the Chemical Weapons Convention; during three years as chairman of one of the three working groups of the negotiation committee. At the end of the negotiations he assisted the commission's chairman in drafting the f...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:544 pagesPublished:October 2, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction1.1 History of the efforts to prohibit chemical weaponsDaniel Feakes: 1.2 The adoption of the Convention and the work of the Preparatory CommissionRalf Trapp: 1.3 From the entry into force of the Convention to the Second Review ConferenceRalf Trapp: 1.4 Looking into the future - the use of risk management concepts in decision makingMaarten Lak: 1.5 Non-state security stakeholdersCaitriona McLeish: 1.6 The need for a new governance approach - the role of civic society2. Walter Krutzsch: The preamble3. The ArticlesWalter Krutzsch: 3.1 Article I General ObligationsWalter Krutzsch and Ralf Trapp: 3.2 Article II Definitions and CriteriaRalf Trapp: 3.3 Article III DeclarationsArend Meerburg and Paul Walker: 3.4 Articles IV and V Chemical Weapons and Chemical Weapons Production FacilitiesMirko Sossai: 3.5 Article VI Activities not prohibited under the ConventionLisa Tabassi: 3.6 Article VII National Implementation MeasuresWalter Krutzsch and Treasa Dunworth: 3.7 Article VIII The Organisation [for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons]Thilo Marauhn: 3.8 Article IX Consultations, cooperation and fact-findingThilo Marauhn: 3.9 Article X Assistance and protection against chemical weaponsThilo Marauhn: 3.10 Article XI Economic and technological developmentGuido den Dekker: 3.11 Article XII Measures to redress a situation and to ensure compliance, including sanctionsWalter Krutzsch: 3.12 Article XIII Relations to other international agreements3.13 Article XIV Settlement of disputes3.14 Article XV Amendments3.15 Articles XIV- XXIV Final clauses4. The AnnexesRalf Trapp: 4.1 The Annex on Chemicals4.2 The Verification and Implementation AnnexRalf Trapp: 4.21 OverviewRalf Trapp and Walter Krutzsch: 4.2.2 Parts I III General verification provisionsRalf Trapp: 4.2.3 Parts IV.A, IV.B and V Chemical weapons, old and abandoned chemical weapons, chemical weapons production facilitiesRalf Trapp: 4.2.4 Parts VI IX Verification of activities not prohibited by the ConventionThilo Marauhn: 4.2.5 Part X Challenge inspectionThilo Marauhn: 4.2.6 Part XI - Investigations of alleged useEric Myjer: 4.3 The Confidentiality Annex