The newly published Research Handbook on International Arms Control Law analyzes international arms control agreements from the perspective of international law and political science. The book not only looks at existing arms control regimes, but also at the regulation of new technologies, such as 3D printing and autonomous weapons systems. It includes contributions from experts in international law and international relations working in academia, international organizations, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations. Contributors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the United States analyze international control bodies and their options for action, particularly those of the United Nations and the European Union. Other topics include agreements to ban nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and ways to control conventional weapons systems and new technologies.
The editors, Thilo Marauhn and Eric P. J. Myjer, are renowned scholars in the field of international law. Thilo Marauhn is head of the International Law Research Group at PRIF and professor of international law at the Universities of Giessen and Amsterdam. Eric P. J. Myjer is professor emeritus of international law at the University of Utrecht.
In addition to Thilo Marauhn, three other researchers at PRIF are represented: Harald Müller, political scientist and former director of PRIF, has been researching nuclear disarmament for decades. He has worked many times as an international advisor in international arms control negotiations and is the author of "The Treaty on the Prohibition on Nuclear Weapons".
Una Jakob, an expert on biological and chemical weapons, examines the Biological Weapons Convention in her paper "Biological Weapons Convention." She is the leader of a sub-project in the CBWNet competence network on strengthening norms against chemical and biological weapons. She is also a member of the "Joint Committee on the Handling of Security-Related Research", which is supported by the German Research Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Barry de Vries is an associate researcher at PRIF, a member of the CBWNet, and a research associate at the Chair of Public Law and International Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen. In "Command and Control as a Subject of Arms Control," he analyzes the extent to which command and control technologies can be subjected to arms control. In his second contribution "3D Printing" he deals with new technologies in the field of armament.