Ethics & International Affairs Volume 3 (1989): Articles: Inhibiting Reliance on Biological Weaponry: The Role and Relevance of International Law [Abstract]

Dec 2, 1989

This article describes the restraints on biological weapons, as dictated in the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the Biological Weapons Convention, and the weaknesses of these instruments. Falk clearly argues for nonpossession as a requirement of international stability. He points out that their commitment to unconditional renunciation has been disregarded by the United States and the Soviet Union. The author concludes that the failure of major powers to comply with the rules they themselves set has encouraged emulation by the rest of the world. It is the duty of those with extensive knowledge of this weaponry to eliminate the pressure for its development.

To read or purchase the full text of this article, click here.

You may also like

Hillary Clinton at the United Nations Fourth World Congress on Women. Beijing, China, September 1995. <br>CREDIT: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hillary_Clinton_at_the_United_Nations_Conference_on_Women_in_Beijing,_China.jpg"> Sharon Farmer/White House Photograph Office</a>/<a href="https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/public-domain/">Public Domain</a>

NOV 12, 2020 Podcast

The United Nations at 75: Looking Back to Look Forward, Episode 3, with Noeleen Heyzer

In the third episode of "The United Nations at 75: Looking Back to Look Forward," host Margaret P. Karns and Noeleen Heyzer, former executive director of ...

United Nations Environment Programme headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya. CREDIT: Maria Ivanova.

OCT 22, 2020 Podcast

The United Nations at 75: Looking Back to Look Forward, Episode 2, with Maria Ivanova

In the second episode of this podcast series marking the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, host Margaret Karns, professor emerita at ...

CREDIT: <a href="https://pixabay.com/illustrations/artificial-intelligence-brain-think-3382510/">Pixabay</a>

AUG 7, 2019 Podcast

AI & Human Rights: The Practical & Philosophical Dimensions, with Mathias Risse

Mathias Risse, director of Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, discusses the many connections between artificial intelligence and human rights. From practical ...