This blog is intended as a forum for rigorous analysis and serious discussion of legal issues related to arms control. It is an attempt to fill a gap in current online blog offerings. Until now, all arms control blogs focused on either technical or politics/policy views of the issue area. None of them have provided a forum for serious and thorough discussion of legal issues relevant to arms control, by arms control legal experts. Believe me. I’ve been trying to engage in such discussions on them for years! I finally decided that if I wanted to have such a forum, I would have to start my own blog, and invite some of the best people I know working in arms control law to join me as core bloggers. I am thrilled to say that many of them have agreed to come on board as regular bloggers on this site. A number of others have standing invitations to participate as guests.
I intend for this blog to cover a wide range of arms control law issues: both CBRN and conventional arms control legal issues, as well as delivery means legal issues (i.e. missiles). The primary legal focus will be on sources and institutions of international law, but domestic legal issues will be considered as well. The team of legal experts that has assembled as core bloggers represents exactly such a broad range of subject matter expertise.
I want this to be a forum for the core bloggers to post short analytical pieces and commentary, hold discussions open to comments by interested readers, and make others in the arms control law community aware of new scholarship in the area, events of interest, etc.
We will welcome comments and encourage full and open discussion of issues by members of the reader community, though of course we retain editorial discretion with regard to displaying comments.
The administrator of this blog is Professor Dan Joyner, of the University of Alabama School of Law. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I sincerely hope that this blog will be useful in providing a forum for serious discussion and rigorous analysis of important arms control legal issues. I also hope that it succeeds in becoming a nexus for quality arms control legal scholarship, and a vehicle for raising the profile of arms control law scholarship generally.
Arms Control Law was chosen for the American Bar Association Journal’s 2013, 2014 and 2015 Blawg 100 list, as one of the top 100 best blogs for a legal audience.