The Convention on cluster munitions and the Process of Oslo. An atypical negotiation

Negotiations on the Convention on cluster munitions within the context of the Process of Oslo have been atypical and at the crossroads between disarmament and international humanitarian law, diplomacy and a media campaign staging NGOs and governments. In spite of its weaknesses, including the absence of major detainer or user States, it has contributed to elaborating a new legal instrument and to providing a new humanitarian norm with record speed. Yet this Process is not a model that would be easy to reproduce.