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Re: Travaux Preparatoires

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Wiltrud Harms <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Anna:

My response to your request deals only with the 1972 Biological and 
Toxin Weapons Convention. I am sending it to the list so that other list 
members can know what  kind of responses you have got so far.

With few exceptions, the United Nations does not publish "travaux 
preparatoires" for most of the conventions drafted by the Organization. 
Fortunately, for certain UN drafted conventions that are especially 
important and well known, scholarly experts will compile travaux 
preparatoires -- but, alas, there are quite a number of UN drafted 
agreements where the international law researcher will have to peruse, 
from year to year,  the pertinent documents and sessional reports issued 
for the UN bodies that negotiated the treaty texts. This will often 
require considerable efforts.

For the Biological and Toxin Weapons Conventions there is a very brief 
but useful section "VII. A short negotiating history of the BTWC", 
contained in Nicholas A. Sims' book entitled THE EVOLUTION OF BIOLOGICAL 
DISARMAMENT (SIPRI Chemical & Biological Warfare Studies), published in 
2001, pages 3-5.

As to official UN sources:
The development of the negotiations for the convention can be found  
described in the United Nations DISARMAMENT COMMISSION OFFICIAL RECORDS 
(DCOR):
--- Supplement for 1967 and 1968 (see p. 39 of this supplement which 
provides a section on "non-nuclear measures" from the reproduced Report 
of the Conference of the Eighteenth -Nations Committee on Disarmament)
---Supplement for 1969, see the section on "Non-nuclear measures" (p.4) 
and see the relevant documents reproduced on p.29-32
---Supplement for 1970, see the section on "Non-nuclear measures" (p. 3-5)
---Supplement for 1971, see the final description of the negotiations in 
"Non-nuclear measures" (p. 3-6) and the final draft text of the 
convention (p. 11-12).

I should also mention that in every supplement there are numerous 
pertinent documents reproduced, usually in Annex C.

Anna, I have described these UN sources in some detail for your purpose 
because I remember well that it took me quite some time to become 
familiar with the content and arrangement of these annual supplements 
of  the DCOR when I needed to research them for the first time many 
years ago ...

Well, and if should be too difficult for you to obtain these DCORs (I 
don't think that they are available online yet), then there are always 
the UN yearbook volumes to fall back on although they are not "an 
official record" and do not reproduce the texts of documents except for 
resolutions of the main organs. (The yearbooks are now freely available 
online at http://unyearbook.un.org) However, the Yearbook provides 
helpful overviews of treaty negotiations and offers important 
documentary references.

Best wishes,
Wiltrud

Anna Djirdjirian wrote:
> We are looking for Travaux Preparatoires for 3 conventions.  I found 
> the conventions and some other materials at the OPCW web site, on 
> OCLC, and LoC, but don't seem to find the Travaux Preparatoirs for 
> them. I tried the UN database, but don't see the TPs there...  I even 
> read Jonathan's Guide, but still can't find them... :-)) 
>  
> Does anyone know if they exist and how to access them?
>  
> 1.  *_Geneva Protocol, (1925)_*: 
> http://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/related-international-agreements/chemical-warfare-and-chemical-weapons/the-geneva-protocol/2.  
>
>  
> 2.  *_Chemical Weapons Convection, (1993)_*: 
> http://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention
>  
>  
> 3.  *_Biological and Toxin Weapoins Convention, (1972)_*: 
> http://www.opcw.org/chemical-weapons-convention/related-international-agreements/chemical-warfare-and-chemical-weapons/the-biological-and-toxin-weapons-convention/
>  
> You can send your emails directly to me at: 
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> <mailto:[log in to unmask]>
>  
> Thanks so much!
>
> Anna Djirdjirian, MLS
> Deputy Library Director
> US Court of International Trade
> One Federal Plaza NY, NY 10278
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