PhD, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


The 2013 Arms Trade Treaty, in the light of development in states’ responsibilities, human rights law and humanitarian law, is the result of international efforts for regulating conventional arms trade in the form of a legally binding treaty which after the failure of the 2012 and 2013 diplomatic conferences and finally by a General Assembly decision turned into a treaty. One of the most important elements of arms treaties is the verification methods for compliance of the states parties to their obligations. The aim of the present article, while reviewing the process of the conclusion of the Arms Trade Treaty, is to answer this question: are there proper methods to verify the compliance of the states parties with the 2013 Arms Trade Treaty provisions?


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