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Implementing the ATT: Developing brokering controls in less capacitated States

Summary

Since the mid-1990s concern has grown internationally over the problem of irresponsible and unregulated arms brokering and the impact of this trade in terms of fuelling conflict and serious violations of human rights. This briefing paper notes that if the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is to fulfil its object and purpose, all States Parties must ensure that their implementation efforts include measures to regulate arms brokering in accordance with Article 10.

The requirements of ATT Article 10 are explored alongside possible options for regulating arms brokering in light of the national and international response to this problem over the past 20 years. It goes on to examine the potential utility of a number of alternatives for arms brokering regulation, with a particular focus on the requirements of less capacitated States. In doing so, the briefing seeks to encourage the adoption of controls on arms brokering agents by all ATT States Parties that have yet do so.

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Date: November 2015
Publisher: Saferworld
Language: English
Region: All

The ongoing privatisation of the international arms trade over the past two decades and more has contributed to the growth of arms brokering agents and their increased role in the international transfer of conventional arms.

Expert Group on ATT Implementation