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Simone Wisotzki

Between Morality and Military Interests

Norm Setting in Humanitarian Arms Control


The concept of humanitarian arms control emerged in the late 20th century and represents a change in the structure of arms control. Decisive initiators are transnational NGO campaigns and small and medium-sized states which are guided by core principles of justice as the basis for their action. This report identifies the indicators of the structural change, explains the reasons behind it, and describes the problems which arise when humanitarian arms control collides with state security interests.


This PRIF Report has also been published as HSFK Report No. 07/2009 (pdf) in German.

Bibliographic Data

Simone Wisotzki, Between Morality and Military Interests: Norm Setting in Humanitarian Arms Control, PRIF Report No. 92, Frankfurt/M., 2009.


// PRIF Report No. 92

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