By Wisehart, Daniel
The book provides for an extensive legal analysis of the international drug control system in the light of growing challenges and criticism that this system faces. In the current debate on global drug policy, the central pillars of the international drug control system, the UN Dr...ug Conventions as well as its institutions are portrayed as outdated, suppressive and seen as an obstacle to necessary changes. The book's objective is to provide an in-depth and positivist insight into drug control's present legal framework and thus provide for a better understanding of the normative assumptions on which drug control is currently based. This is attained by clarifying the objective of the international drug control system and the premises by which these objectives are to be achieved. The objective of present global framework of the international drug control is the limitation of drugs to medical and scientific purposes. The meaning of this objective and its concrete implications for States' parties as well as the problem of this objective from the perspective of other regimes of international law, most notably international human rights law, are extensively analysed. Additionally, the book focuses on how the international drug control system embraces to reach the objective of confining drugs to medical and scientific purposes: i.e. by setting up a universal system that exercises a rigid control on drug supply. The consequences of this heavy focus on the reduction of drug supply are outlined and the book concludes by making suggestions on how the international drug control system could be reformed in the near future in order to better meet the existing challenges. The analysis occurs from a general international law perspective. It is aimed to map the international drug control system within a wider context of international law and to understand whether the problems which the international drug control system faces are exemplary for the difficulties that institutionalized systems of global scope face in the 21st century.Read more
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Daniel Wisehart is an associate at Wach + Meckes LLP, Munich. He has previously worked as a researcher at the Universitat Potsdam and the Universitat Freiburg and clerked for the European Court of Human Rights.
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