The Spanish Arms Trade

Publication date: 
March 2016

Spain is a leading arms exporter, and despiteregulation in theory, there is no absolute ban on exports to countries where there are grave violations of human rights. These are even authorised 'for humanitarian purposes'. Government's actions are characterised by secrecy and the active encouragement of arms exports, using theseas an instrument of foreign policy.


PhD in Law and administrative law professor in the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. His research field is the Spanish legislation applied to the military operations abroad and the arms trade in Africa.

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