SIPRI Searchlight: Article 36 legal reviews





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Published on Dec 15, 2017

Article 36 of Additional Protocol I of the 1949 Geneva Conventions imposes an obligation on states to conduct a process, often referred to as a ‘weapon review’, to assess the lawfulness of the procurement of all new weapons. The film–as part of the new SIPRI Searchlight series–begins by laying out this concept, before then examining challenges and potential opportunities of assistance to states for carrying out reviews.

The film features perspectives from academia, civil society, and national armed forces and is led by SIPRI’s Dr Vincent Boulanin, researcher on emerging military and security technologies at SIPRI.

The film should be of relevance to anyone interested in the checks and balances in place to monitor technological change in weapons, means and methods of warfare. The collection of interested and target parties are reflected in the wide range of contributions to the film itself.

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