On 5th April, ETH Zurich published a Brief which is the first of 3 on the ways the international community has responded to the new developments to preserve and strengthen the norm against CW use.  It first offers a short historical overview of chemical warfare, followed by a review of resurgent use of toxic agents.  It next introduces the CWC.  A discussion of the challenges the new-found utility of such agents pose to the convention then follows.  Reassuringly, it says that while terrorists are known to have had a long-standing interest in poisonous substances, incidents have remained far and few between; but it does mention large-scale opportunistic use of an industrial toxicant in combat.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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