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Chemical and Biological Weapons: The Interconnectivity of Norms

Gieβen (Germany) 23 and 24 October 2023

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Two Day Conference on the Norms against Chemical and Biological Weapons

The bans on chemical and biological weapons (CBW) are central elements of the international disarmament and security architecture. We however need to consider how these regimes  can overcome current issues and strengthen themselves for the future. What can be done to ensure the strength of the taboos against chemical and biological weapons is not weakened. In light of this the conference seeks to understand the relevant normative regimes for Chemical and Biological weapons and especially how different norms and levels of norms interact with one another.

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The research project CBWNet will be carried out jointly by the Berlin office of the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg (IFSH), the Chair for Public Law and International Law at the University of Gießen, the Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF) and the Carl Friedrich Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF) at the University of Hamburg. The joint project aims to identify options to comprehensively strengthen the norms against chemical and biological weapons (CBW). These norms have increasingly been challenged in recent years, inter alia by the repeated use of chemical weapons in Syria. The project scrutinizes the forms and consequences of norm contestations within the CBW prohibition regimes from an interdisciplinary perspective. This includes a comprehensive analysis of the normative order of the regimes as well as an investigation of the possible consequences which technological developments, international security dynamics or terrorist threats might yield for the CBW prohibition regimes. Wherever research results point to challenges for or a weakening of CBW norms, the project partners will develop options and proposals to uphold or strengthen these norms and to enhance their resilience. The joint research project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for four years (April 2022 until March 2026).


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Professur für Öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht
Prof. Dr. Thilo Marauhn
Licher Straße 76
D-35394 Gießen

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