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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Arms Control

Adrian Loets

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 23 August 2019

Subject(s):
Arms control — Weapons control — Weapons, chemical — Weapons, nuclear — Armed conflict

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

1 There is no uniform definition of arms control. According to a recent definition by Den Dekker, the concept can be broadly described as ‘unilateral measures, bilateral and multilateral agreements as well as informal regimes (‘politically binding’ documents, ‘soft’ law) between States to limit or reduce certain categories of weapons or military operations in order to achieve stable military balances and thus diminish tensions and the possibility of large-scale armed conflict’. Arms control law consequently refers to ‘that part of public international law that...
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