Captain of a Ship of Fools on a Cruel Sea: How European Leadership May Sink the Proposed Arms Trade Treaty

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Biggs, Adam Arthur
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2011-04-08 , 2011-04
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This Article proceeds in three sections. First, the Article’s Background section will explore the mechanisms associated with the global arms trade. In addition, the Background will examine the ideological principles of the EU, particularly the principles of the European Coal and Steel Community. The Background concludes with a discussion of the EU’s Code of Conduct, current open market arms policy, and stance on the proposed arms trade treaty. Second, this Article’s Argument section will articulate two major issues pertaining to the EU and arms trade reform efforts. In doing so, the Article will argue that the Code of Conduct is not a proper model upon which to base the proposed arms trade treaty. Moreover, the Article posits that the EU would not make the best proponent for the proposed arms trade treaty because the EU’s current common market approach to the arms trade has actually enabled the spread of small arms and light weapons.30 In doing so, the common market cuts against the ideological underpinnings of the EU.31 Third, this Article’s Conclusion will briefly discuss how the EU could right the ship and aid in arms reform efforts.
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Creighton University School of Law
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