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Art.26 Relationship with Other International Agreements

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 — Self-defence — International trade — Humanitarian intervention — Disarmament — International peace and security

This chapter examines Article 26 of the ATT which describes the treaty’s relationship with other international agreements. The article permits states parties to adopt treaties and other agreements that govern the trade in conventional arms and ammunition/munitions and parts and components (items), provided that these are consistent with the obligations set out in the ATT. In accordance with paragraph 1, adherence to any treaty or agreement relating to arms or items by an ATT state party that contravened or undermined its obligations under the ATT would amount to a violation of the ATT and implicate the international responsibility of that state. Additionally, the article stipulates that the ATT shall not be cited as grounds for voiding defence co-operation agreements concluded between states parties to the ATT.

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