|Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction - LAWS8102|
This course will cover the treaties and other normative regimes which comprise the international legal framework for regulating the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). This will include, inter alia, coverage of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, The Chemical Weapons Convention, and the Biological Weapons Convention and their associated verification and export control regimes.
Additionally, the course will consider state policies relevant to the proliferation of WMD and to the non-proliferation legal framework. These will include deterrence and containment strategies, counter-proliferation policies such as the Proliferation Security Initiative, materials control and security programs, economic sanctions, and pre-emptive military action.
Recommended Prior Knowledge
This course builds on basic international legal knowledge provided by the course LAWS8180 Principles of International Law. Students who have not completed this course or a similar course may be expected to do some preliminary and additional reading to ensure that they have the necessary background to benefit from this course.
Students will understand the sources of international law regulating WMD proliferation, and the policies of states which are relevant to them. Students will be prepared to meaningfully engage in law and policy analysis, and participate in law and policy making, in this important area of international security affairs.
A student who has successfully completed this course should be able to:
Class participation 15%
Research essay 85%
D Joyner, International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, 2008 Oxford University Press
A full up-to date reading list will be provided in the course outline.