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An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law, 2nd Edition by Boister, Neil (19th April 2018)

Part II Crimes, 13 Firearms Trafficking

From: An Introduction to Transnational Criminal Law (2nd Edition)

Neil Boister

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 May 2019


Small arms and light weapons (SALW) are critical to the violence implicit and explicit in much transnational crime yet the trafficking in these weapons is difficult to suppress because of the largely unregulated parallel legal trade in these weapons. This chapter explores the back to front approach of international society beginning with the development of the Firearms Protocol in an attempt to criminalise certain SALW trafficking activities, and then shifts its attention to more recent attempts to prevent diversion from the licit trade which culminated in the Arms Trade Treaty.

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