Greg Reynolds for RUSSIA TODAY
Wednesday September 24
DISEC has been faced with the deescalation of tensions in the Middle-East between Israel and Iran, where Israel has threatened nuclear strikes against Iran.
Undoubtedly, the situation demands immediate resolution and threatens international peace and security as a whole. The approach taken by DISEC, however, sets a unique international precedent for the law of treaties.
An integral part of treaties is the power they give to states to volunteer themselves to be bound; in this, signature and ratification is completely open to the state. The draft resolution proposed by DISEC demands that Israel sign and ratify the NFU and NPT immediately.
The resolution has been proposed by a number of states that are typically quite vocal in their condemnation of intervention in domestic affairs of states, which includes the ratification of treaties.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea particularly pointed out that this was due to Israeli aggression.
What does this mean for the nature of treaties as a whole? Could this herald a new age of multilateralism, or will it dilute international law?
Needless to say, this is a development that will impact the ability of governments to be sovereign over their states.