Dr Gilles Giacca (Programme Co-ordinator of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations and Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict) has co-authored a legal briefing on the new United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

This briefing reviews the text of the Arms Trade Treaty, which was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on 2 April 2013 after seven years of discussions and negotiation. It summarizes the process that led to the formal adoption of the text and then comments briefly on the provisions of the treaty in three sections: its title, preamble, and principles, its core provisions, and its final provisions. The project has been supported by the the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Arms Trade Treaty has been signed by 71 states, but it will not entered into force until it has been ratified or acceded to by 50 states.

The legal briefing http://www.geneva-academy.ch/docs/publications/Arms%20Trade%20Treaty%203%20WEB.pdf

Insights on the Arms Trade Treaty legal blog: http://armstradetreaty.blogspot.ch.