National Implementation of IHL
Federal law on war material, 1997 (as amended)
Loi fédérale sur le matériel de guerre, 1997

Recueil systématique du droit fédéral, No. 514.51,  (last accessed on 19.05.2013)

The law seeks to ensure Switzerland’s compliance with its international obligations by controlling the production and transfer of war materiel and know-how while enabling the country to maintain its industrial capacity. It implements the 1972 UN Biological Weapons Convention, the 1993 UN Convention on Chemical Weapons, the 1997 Anti-Personnel Mines Treaty, and 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, and prohibits the development, production, acquisition, brokerage, import, export, transfer and stockpiling of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, anti-personnel landmines and cluster munitions. Exceptions are made for destruction and protection. Production of and trade in other war materiel are subject to authorization, except when the materiel is intended for the Swiss army. The law also contains provisions on control organs and procedures. Violations of the prohibitions and infringements of the system of authorizations, are punishable by imprisonment and/or fines.

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