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Richard Moyes: Deciding How We are Allowed to Kill Each Other: Controlling Weapons in International Law

International law places certain limitations on the weapons that can be used in armed conflict. Over recent decades, States have negotiated a number of treaties that prohibit particular categories of weapons. But how do such agreements come about?

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This talk will discuss the role of States, international organisations and civil society in framing issues of concern and in developing legal responses. It will focus on the tensions between rational analysis and politics in such processes. And it will highlight the informal mechanisms of strategy, planning and organising - mechanisms that have enabled new legal instruments to be agreed, but that often get lost in formal narratives and histories.

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