Legal aspects of the control and repression of illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials Is there a need for an international convention?

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It is generally recognised that illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials is a serious problem, and one that must be tackled with a comprehensive response involving national governments as well as a number of intergovernmental organisations including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA notes that 1 773 incidents were reported to its Illicit Trafficking Database, or ITDB, between January 1993 and December 2009, and that 351 of these involved "... unauthorized possession and related criminal activities" such as "... illegal possession, movement or attempts to illegally trade in or use nuclear material or radioactive sources".

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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