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Legal aspects of international drug control.

Chattopadhyay, S; (1977) Legal aspects of international drug control. Doctoral thesis, University of London. Green open access

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Abstract

The need for suppressing the illicit traffic in drags can hardly be over-emphasised. Yet, the licit uses of drugs, especially for medical and scientific need, cannot be suppressed. Apparently, it is a question of determining the world requirements of drugs for such legitimate uses, and of producing and manufacturing them accordingly. Owing to their multifarious medical uses in various parts of the world, it proves to be almost impossible to determine exactly the amount of drugs required for legitimate purposes. There is also the complicating factor that drugs are used for sociological and religious reasons, which have a long history. Not only are the licit uses and legitimate amounts of dro4a difficult to determine but also such difficulties give rise to illicit traffic in them. Yet, it is believed that a concerted international policy coupled with national co-operation, on various facets of the related problem, namely, limitation of production and/or manufacture of drugs, restriction on cultivation of plants that may contribute to addiction-producing substances, training and rehabilitation of drug addicts, and efficient national administration, would help eradicate drug-abuse. In search of an appropriate remedy, this thesis has been devoted to a practical study of the problem and to exploring in this area of international law the relationship between the political and economic interests and the international economic order. It has four Parts: Part I deals with the social and cultural aspects of drug-use and also details the historical origins of opium, which has a long association with drug-abuse. This Part also deals with the nature of international action for the suppression of drug-abuse until the establishment of the League of Nations. In Part II an account is given of the League machinery employed for this purpose on the basis of the agreements and conventions concluded during this period. Part III is devoted to an evaluation of the U. N. machinery, which is now based on the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 and the Protocol of 1972, amending this Convention. Part IV assesses the contributions of some of the inter-governmental and international non-governmental organisations concerned with the suppression of illicit trade and traffic in drugs, finally, an attempt has been made to examine the present state of legal order in this area of international law.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Legal aspects of international drug control.
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English
Additional information:Thesis digitised by British Library EThOS
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Laws

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