Multilateral Arms Control

Dinah Shelton, David S. Gualtieri, Barry Kellman, Richard L. Williamson, Abram Chayes

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This chapter presents three case studies that analyze the interplay between hard and soft law in the area of multilateral arms control, from nuclear weapons to land mines. The first study looks at the various key decisions taken by weapons control supplier groups to restrict transfers of specific technology. The second study analyzes the complex interweaving of hard and soft law for the protection of nuclear materials to ensure responsible control over nuclear materials and prevent nuclear weapons proliferation. The third study traces the development of the norm against anti-personnel land mines from soft law to hard law.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCommitment and Compliance
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Non-Binding Norms in the International Legal System
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191707704
ISBN (Print)9780199270989
StatePublished - Oct 9 2003


  • Anti-personnel land mines
  • Compliance
  • Hard law
  • International law
  • Nuclear materials
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Soft law
  • Weapons control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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