While greater operational application of BWC provisions is clearly needed, states parties should not try to make the BWC something it is not
By Richard Lennane
- The BWC has successfully established a strong norm against biological weapons, but states parties have a poor record on collective action to implement and strengthen its provisions.
- The intersessional process has revealed the signi cant potential of means of pursuing the BWC’s aims outside of the direct purview of the Convention, as well as the important role of actors other than states parties.
- The Review Conference should recognize these facts, and pursue outcomes that protect and promote the norm against biological weapons, delegating operational details to those best placed to pursue them.
- Such an approach could be applied in particular to Article VII assistance provisions, review of science and technology, and the structure of the intersessional process.