VERTIC, Chemical Weapons, and International Law

The OPCW “noted”: the other day that Syria, as a party to the “1925 Geneva Protocol Protocol for the Prohibition of the Use in War of Asphyxiating,
Poisonous or Other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare”:, “is obligated by international law not to use chemical weapons under any circumstances.”

This I knew. But VERTIC’s Scott Spence and Meghan Brown wrote a “piece”: this past August which discusses some other international legal aspects of CW use, such as the international criminal court and customary international law.

I won’t evaluate their arguments, but take a look. Interesting reading, given current events.

The article also reminds us of this provision of the CWC “Verification Annex:”:

bq. In the case of alleged use of chemical weapons involving a State *not Party to this Convention or in territory not controlled by a State Party,* the Organization shall closely cooperate with the Secretary-General of the United Nations. If so requested, *the Organization shall put its resources at the disposal of the Secretary-General* of the United Nations

VERTIC also points out that the UNSG has a Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons. It’s described in “this UN fact sheet.”:

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