It is often said that while the number of nuclear weapons has decreased since the height of the Cold War, the risk of nuclear weapons use has increased. Yet as countries and multilateral institutions work to roll back rising nuclear dangers, the broader nuclear policy field often struggles to maintain focus and promote unifying strategies for addressing these dangers. This reflects a fragmented nuclear policy community, partially due to siloed expertise and competing prioritization of the risks.
This report represents the outcome of research conducted by VERTIC into the international legal framework currently in place to address the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. This research has aimed to identify what activities are covered by existing prohibitions. In doing so, it intends to provide a clear overview of the current state of legal instruments underpinning the fight against illicit trafficking of these materials.
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