International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured


International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured

29 August 2012

There remains substantial agreement among the international community on many aspects of the contemporary UN drug control regime. However, diverging views on the non-medical and non-scientific use of a range of controlled substances make drug policy an increasingly contested and transitionary field of multinational cooperation.

International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured (Cambridge University Press), by Dr David Bewley-Taylor, analyses the implications of this divergence. The author and panel will discuss the publication, as well as developments in drug policy at a national and international level. This will include exploring the efforts of those actors seeking to defend the existing international control framework and the rationales and scenarios that may lead some states to move beyond it. Recent events in Latin America demonstrate that such a revisionist impulse is no longer hypothetical. And this makes the constraints imposed by, and the future of, the UN drug control regime an increasingly important issue of debate.

The event is being held in conjunction with Release and the International Drug Policy Consortium and has been kindly supported by 25 Bedford Row.


Chatham House, London


David Bewley-Taylor, Senior Lecturer, Swansea University
HE Mr Eduardo Medina-Mora Icaza, Ambassador of Mexico to the United Kingdom
HE Mr Mauricio Rodríguez Múnera, Ambassador of Colombia to the United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
Date4 September 2012


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