Establishing a Global Quarantine Against Weapons of Mass Destruction


The proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is on the brink of developing into an epidemic, with the potential to spread to over a dozen nuclear-capable states. This article concludes that given the limitations of traditional arms controls frameworks, a global prohibition against WMD transfer may be the last viable line of defense. It discusses why this strategy is justified under the doctrine of self-defense, as well as how it can be implemented to create both a normative foundation and an appropriate institutional framework.


International Law

Date of this Version

February 2005