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Art.16 International Assistance

Stuart Casey-Maslen, Andrew Clapham, Gilles Giacca, Sarah Parker

From: The Arms Trade Treaty: A Commentary

Andrew Clapham, Stuart Casey-Maslen, Gilles Giacca, Sarah Parker

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 07 December 2023

Human rights remedies — Arms control — International trade — Humanitarian intervention — Disarmament — International peace and security

This chapter analyses Article 16 of the ATT, which addresses the possibility for states to request, offer, and receive international assistance. It lays out the general obligations of states parties, when they are in a position to do so, to provide assistance to states parties that have sought such assistance to implement the treaty. Measures that states need to take to implement the ATT are broad in scope. These include adoption of legislation, creation of administrative structures, and provision of appropriate resources, enabling them to ensure control over international arms transfers, exchange relevant information with partner states, and address measures to prevent diversion. The article delineates three broad forms of assistance: legal or legislative assistance; institutional capacity-building; and technical, material, or financial assistance. The subjects of assistance include stockpile management; disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programmes; model legislation; and effective practices for implementation.

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