Some observations on the legal implications of Palestine’s accession to the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM)

by Daniel Rietiker, PhD The facts: On 2 January 2015, Palestine deposited its instrument of accession with United Nations authorities in New York in respect of the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM). Palestine is the fourth Party to the CCM in the region – following Iraq, Lebanon,and Tunisia – to ban cluster munitions. Since 2010, Palestine has…

Cluster Munition Use in Eastern Ukraine: Learning from the experience of Syria and its accession to the CWC!

According to a report of Human Rights Watch of 20 October 2014 (see here), cluster munitions have been used massively in the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine. It can be recalled here that, in 2008, the Convention on Cluster Munitions (Oslo Convention), that prohibits the use, development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retainment and transfer of these weapons (Article 1 § 1),…