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CBW and the Law of War

Publisher: Almqvist & Wiksell
ISBN 91-85114-17-0
194 pp.

This book presents a description of the legal limitations on the use of CB weapons. It comprises discussions of the field of application of the Geneva Protocol, particularly as regards non-lethal chemical weapons and anti-plant agents, of the existence, development and scope of the prohibition of CBW provided by the customary law of war, and of the application to CBW of general principles of the law of war. It also reviews the juristic works in this field.

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1. General survey of the CBW prohibitions and of pertinent evidence
2. Situations to which the prohibitions apply
3. The Geneva Protocol
4. General precepts of the law of war applicable to CBW
5. The customary prohibition of CBW
6. Sanctions against violations

Appendix 1. Early treaties and draft treaties related to CBW
Appendix 2. The Geneva Protocol of 1925
Appendix 3. Selected United Nations General Assembly resolutions on CBW, 1966-1971
Appendix 4. Convention on the prohibition of the development, production, retention, stockpiling of bacteriological (biological) and toxin weapons and on their destruction
Appendix 5. French law prohibiting the development, production, retention, stockpiling, acquisition or transfer of biological and toxin weapons