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International Arms Control Research Guide

This guide supports research in the international law of arms control in both primary and secondary materials.


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There are many treaties associated with arms control. Some are more general and apply to a group of weapons (e.g. Chemical Weapons Convention) or they may specifically address one type of arms (e.g. 1997 Mine Ban Treaty). The links below are divided into those offering large collections of treaties and those linking to selective specific treaties. Many of the resources listed below are freely available. For further assistance with treaty research, please see library's research guide on this topic.

Treaty Collections

  • The Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC)
    This bureau is under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. According to a statement on their web site, their main concern is "arms control, verification and compliance with international arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament agreements or commitments." Their web site has a list of treatiesranging from the Geneva Protocol to Start II.
  • The Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)
    This bureau is under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. This bureau consists of several offices within the U.S. government. This bureau has listed many treaties that are in force for the U.S., including some bilateral treaties.
  • International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA)
    These treaties, conventions and agreements are deposited under the auspices of the IAEA. Also, available on this web site are IAEA related treaties; these are treaties are related to the work of the IAEA, for example Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (also known as the London Dumping Convention).
  • Rules of Warfare; Arms Control (From the Multilaterals Project, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University - this project is archived and no longer being updated)
    This collection of treaties is more historical in nature. However, it is a good list of treaties dating from the 1960's to the late 1990's.
  • United Nations Office for Disarmament Commission
    This is under the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). The commission maintains thetext and status of numerous treaties. You can also browse by country the status of multilateral arms regulations and disarmament agreements.
  • United Nations Treaty Collection
    This database has several categories of treaty-related data, such as status of multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary General, the UN Treaty series and recently deposited multilateral treaties.

Selective Specific Instruments