E-learning: the Arms Trade Treaty

In June 2017, IPIS launched its e-learning digital education package to support the early ratification and effective implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty.

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) was adopted by the UNGA on 2 April 2013 and entered into force on 24 December 2014. There are currently 91 States Parties and 130 Signatories. Implementation of the Treaty is the responsibility of States Parties, while  Signatory States have a duty to refrain from any act that would undermine the object and purpose of the Treaty.

To support this process, the ATT Conference of States Parties (CSP) meets regularly to discuss implementation issues. Signatory States as well as observer States, international organisations, industry and civil society organisations can attend the CSPs. Intersessional meetings and working groups are also convened between CSPs.  A Voluntary Trust Fund and an ATT Secretariat have been established to aid implementation. The CSP will meet again for the third time in September 2017. Further information on the ATT process can be found by visiting website of the ATT Secretariat.

The objective of this e-learning course is to enhance knowledge of arms transfer control issues amongst key stakeholders. The course is an integral part of IPIS’ research program ‘Arms Trade and Security’ and of the Capacity Building program. The course contains 13 modules covering the key provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty. It is recommended to complete the modules in their numerical order. Nonetheless, users can also choose to complete them individually.

This project has been funded by the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR) and IPIS.

IPIS would like to thank the officials who participated in feedback workshops in Belgium, Costa Rica, Samoa, Senegal and Zambia for their valuable comments.

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Module 6 – Export Risk Criteria

This Module explains the criteria set out in Article 7(1) and 7(4) of the Arms Trade Treaty for a State Party to assess the risks of an export of conventional arms and/or related items if it were to be authorised.

Module 8 – Regulating Imports

This Module provides an overview of the rights, obligations, and suggested measures contained in various provisions of the Arms Trade Treaty that States Parties apply when importing conventional arms and related items covered by the Treaty.

Module 9 – Regulating Transit and Trans-shipment

This Module outlines ways that State Parties can interpret and implement Article 9 in accordance with their other overlapping obligations under the Arms Trade Treaty and with other relevant obligations in international agreements on transit and trans-shipment to which they are a party.

Module 10 – Regulating Brokering

This Module provides an overview of the obligations and suggested measures that States Parties of the Arms Trade Treaty take to regulate the brokering of conventional arms and related items.

Module 11 – Preventing Diversion

This Module explains what is meant by the diversion of conventional arms transfers and relates its key features to the main provisions of Article 11 of the Arms Trade Treaty as well as other relevant international standards designed to prevent the diversion of such arms.