Gas smells awful : U.N. forces, riot-control agents, and the chemical weapons convention
James D. Fry
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Michigan journal of international law, Vol. 31, no. 3, Spring 2010, p. 475-558 : tabl.
This article takes a comprehensive look at the use of riot-control agents (RCAs) by U.N. forces and the legal issues that arise as a result. The thesis of this article is that RCA use by U.N. forces is potentially illegal and certainly bad policy. The CWC clearly allows RCAs for domestic law-enforcement purposes and is unclear, at best, for many other situations. The article explains how the CWC prohibits RCAs and explores whether this prohibition applies directly to U.N. forces. This article is particularly timely, given that some key states, such as the United States, recently have shown a willingness to reconsider their interpretation of disabling chemicals under the Chemical Weapons Convention and support the ICRC’s efforts in this realm.