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Art.2 Scope

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: 11 December 2023

Arms control — Self-defence — Warfare, air — Warfare, land — Warfare, sea — Humanitarian intervention — International peace and security

This chapter discusses Article 2 of the ATT. The article delineates the scope of the ATT, identifying the categories of conventional arms and types of activities that are formally subject to its provisions while specifying certain acts excluded from the treaty’s purview. Paragraph 1 describes the categories of arms to which the provisions of the treaty apply. It is not an exhaustive list, however, as Articles 3 and 4 identify two other categories—ammunition/munitions and parts and components—that are subject to some of the treaty’s provisions. The arms covered in sub-paragraphs (a) to (g) of paragraph 1 (i.e. battle tanks, armoured combat vehicles, large-calibre artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers) were derived from the seven categories used in the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms (UNROCA) while an eighth category, small arms and light weapons, was added to the list in the ATT.

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