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Published by Dietz in Bonn .
Written in English


  • Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (1972),
  • Biological warfare (International law),
  • Biological weapons.

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Edition Notes

StatementOliver Thränert (ed.).
ContributionsThränert, Oliver, 1959-, Enhancing the Biological Weapons Convention (1996 : Bonn, Germany)
LC ClassificationsKZ5825.21972 .E54 1996
The Physical Object
Pagination176 p. ;
Number of Pages176
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL749708M
ISBN 103801240770
LC Control Number97143629

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