Research handbook on international conflict and security law : jus ad bellum, jus in bello and jus post bellum
Cheltenham ; Northampton : E. Elgar, 2013
This chapter is aimed at assessing the law governing disarmament as one of the pillars constituting the overall framework for the maintenance of international peace and security. The modern law on weaponry is characterized by a close relationship between disarmament law and the law of armed conflict. Both branches of law are aimed at reducing the destructive potential of war, but while the former serves the purpose of lessening the probability of the outbreak of war, the primary aim of the law of armed conflict is to preserve certain core humanitarian values during hostilities. The focus of the present analysis is the content of the relevant conventions on disarmament and non-proliferation, in order to individuate which features are recurrent in most of them.