The Pros And Cons Of Arms Trade Treaty

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The ATT is a very modern treaty that outlines the legalities of arms trade amongst its state parties. Yet there are some controversial points that are written into the treaty. In Article VII, paragraph seven, focusing on the assessment and authorisation of exports from a state party. It states that “If, after an authorization has been granted, an exporting State Party becomes aware of new relevant information, it is encouraged to reassess the authorization” (Arms Trade Treaty, 2013). This is another point that is left up to interpretation what exactly does “relevant information” entail? Is it information about the state party they are selling to is violating the treaty? If so article VII only requires that “it is encouraged to reassess the …show more content…
The treaty greatly loses its legitimacy when the three countries that are responsible for 64% of the global export of conventional weapons have not ratified the treaty (Spiri.org, 2015). Presently the treaty has only 87 state parties that have ratified, meaning that the majority of countries in the world are not taking part in this treaty. This is an obvious issue that the ATT is faced with, how is it supposed to achieve its goals of legitimising the trade of conventional arms, to reduce human suffering, and increased peace and stability if most nations are not willing to …show more content…
With this high demand there are always members willing to sell. However, these members that are willing to sell are the permanent members of the Security Council, three out of the five have not ratified the deal. As long as the major contributors to the global arms trade are reluctant to ratify the ATT it is unlikely that the treaty will receive any legitimacy on the global

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