The Expert Group on ATT Implementation (EGAI)

Now that the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) has become international law, Saferworld is working to ensure progressive interpretation and full implementation of the Treaty by all States Parties. As part of this we have established the informal Expert Group on ATT Implementation (EGAI) which is working with a group of government and civil society experts to develop common understandings around Treaty implementation.

In November 2013 Saferworld organised the inaugural meeting of the informal Expert Group on ATT Implementation (EGAI). The purpose of this group is to create an informal dialogue process among key diplomats, national policy practitioners and experts in order to share experiences on ATT ratification and implementation. In doing so, the aim is to promote clear understandings about how to maximise the operational effectiveness of the Treaty, and facilitate consistent and robust implementation.

Two further meetings of the EGAI were held during 2014 – in Stockholm and Berlin – involving a total of 60 government and civil society experts from all world regions. A variety of topics were discussed during the first three meetings including: the interpretation of various ATT Articles; the future operation of information exchange processes within the Treaty regime; issues relating to the establishment and functioning of the ATT Secretariat and Conference of States Parties; co-operation and assistance under the ATT; how to implement Article 11 on diversion of arms; and clarifying reporting obligations under the Treaty. Further meetings of the EGAI are planned for 2015.

In order to share the EGAI’s views on Treaty application and implementation amongst the widest possible audience, Saferworld is producing and disseminating a series of briefings from the EGAI process. These briefings seek to summarise the discussions that have taken place at the EGAI meetings and, in doing so, to convey a sense of the emerging understandings on key ATT issues. It is hoped that these briefings will serve as a useful resource to States Parties and signatories in their implementation of the Treaty at national level and in their efforts to support the establishment of a robust ATT regime at international level through the Conference of States Parties.

Read the sixth briefing Implementing the ATT: undertaking an arms transfer risk assessment.

Read the fifth briefing Implementing the ATT: Essential elements of an effective arms transfer control system.

Read the fourth briefing Implementing the ATT: Developing brokering controls in less capacitated States.

Read the third briefing Prevention, transit and innocent passage under the Arms Trade Treaty.

Read the second briefing Key issues for ATT implementation: Preventing and combating diversion.

Read the first briefing Key issues for ATT implementation: Information exchange under the ATT.