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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Hendrik A Strydom

Subject(s):
Terrorism — Geneva Conventions 1949 Additional Protocol 1 — Weapons, biological — Weapons, chemical — Weapons control — Weapons of mass destruction — Weapons, nuclear — Disarmament

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 In 1948, the Commission for Conventional Armaments, established in 1947 by the Security Council ( UNSC Res 18 [1947] [13 February 1947] SCOR 12th Year 12 ), determined that weapons of mass destruction should be defined to include atomic explosive weapons, radio-active material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above. (United Nations [970] at 28) 2 In modern day international law and...
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