The Convention on Cluster Munitions: A Commentary

ISBN : 9780199599004

Gro Nystuen; Stuart Casey-Maslen
864 Pages
162 x 236 mm
Pub date
Oct 2010
Oxford Commentaries on International Law
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This Commentary on the Convention on Cluster Munitions is a detailed assessment of the negotiation, content, and implications of the Convention, which is the latest treaty to ban a conventional weapon. The treaty, which will enter into force as binding international law on 1 August 2010, bans the production, stockpiling, transfer, and use of all cluster munitions. The book describes what cluster munitions are, when and where they have been used, and what steps States Parties will need to consider in order to implement the treaty's provisions. The Commentary goes systematically through the Convention article by article, explaining the purpose of each provision, its background and negotiation, and the meaning of each paragraph and sub-paragraph.


1. Introduction
2. Preamble
3. Article 1
4. Article 2
5. Article 3
6. Article 4
7. Article 5
8. Article 6
9. Article 7
10. Article 8
11. Article 9
12. Articles 10-13
13. Articles 14-20
14. Article 21
15. Article 22-23

About the author: 

Gro Nystuen is dr. juris Associate Professor of International Humanitarian Law at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Defense Staff University College. She worked in the Norwegian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) from 1991 to 2005, except from 2000-2003 when she wrote her doctoral thesis at the Law Faculty of the University of Oslo. She was appointed to chair the Council on Ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund in 2004, and has from 2005 held this office in addition to her teaching positions. As from 2008, she is managing partner of International Law and Policy Institute (ILP) in Oslo.; Dr Stuart Casey-Maslen is a Senior Researcher at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and the Mine Action Editor of the Landmine Monitor, working for Norwegian People's Aid. He drafted the commentary of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, published by OUP in 2004.

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