The Encyclopedia is a project of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights launched on 2 December 2013. The Enyclopedia aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on weapons, the effects of their use, and their regulation under public international law, in a format that is accessible to non-specialists.+ Find out more
Disarmament means in general parlance the reduction or destruction of some of a state's weapons (or the withdrawal of armed forces). In international weapons law it refers to treaties or initiatives that prohibit or restrict the production, stockpiling, and/or transfer of weapons. It thus overlaps with arms control, a notion that encompasses efforts between different states to build confidence that force will not be used between them by limiting or reducing certain arms or military forces.
Last updated on: 30 November 2013