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Reform by subtraction: The path of denunciation of international drug treaties and reaccession with reservations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs (SoRAD).
2012 (English)In: International journal on drug policy, ISSN 0955-3959, E-ISSN 1873-4758, Vol. 23, no 5, 401-406 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Almost all countries are parties to the international drug conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988. These strongly bind parties with respect to their domestic regulation of controlled substances, including requirements that possession, growing or use be a criminal offense and that any regulated market in the substances be limited to use only for medical or scientific purposes. Even where countries have argued they have wiggle room, reform within the bounds of the conventions has often resulted in net-widening which nullifies the intent of the reform. Among the options for effective reform, probably the most immediately viable is the route of denunciation and reaccession with reservations - the route which Bolivia has now taken in order to legalise a regulated domestic market in coca leaves for chewing. The paper considers the existing record of reservations (by more than 30 parties to each of the conventions). Also discussed are the options for response to the reservations by other parties, which vary between the treaties, and how pursuing the option of denunciation and reaccession with reservation might potentially play out.

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2012. Vol. 23, no 5, 401-406 p.
Keyword [en]
Drug treaties, International drug control, Reservations, Treaty
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Substance Abuse
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82990DOI: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2012.04.001ISI: 000309641900009OAI: diva2:574170


Available from: 2012-12-04 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2012-12-04Bibliographically approved

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