General-purpose criterion

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The general-purpose criterion is an important concept in international law that broadly governs international agreements with respect to chemical weapons. Although the term is not found within such agreements, it is "regularly used"[1] to describe the comprehensive nature of prohibitions regarding all chemical weapons.[2][3][4][5]


The scope of this criterion broadly governs the purpose of chemical agents opposed to specific objects. Therefore the prohibitions are not limited to a specific list, but encompass all chemical weapons to include future incarnations.[6]

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  1. ^ "The General Purpose Criterion and the Schedules of the Chemical Weapons Convention" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2010-10-23.
  2. ^ The Importance of Implementation of the General Purpose Criterion of the Chemical Weapons Convention
  3. ^ Chemical warfare agents: toxicology ... - Google Books
  4. ^ No time for complacency: tackling challenges to the Chemical Weapons Convention | Arms Control Association
  5. ^ Powered by Google Docs
  6. ^ Educational Module on CBW: General-purpose criterion