Methodology & Process

ATT Monitor supports effective decision-making by States Parties as they seek to responsibly implement the Arms Trade Treaty and promote its norms. The Monitor scrutinises implementation of the ATT by:

  • Assessing the standards of national reporting under Article 13 of the treaty
  • The 'Risk Watch' methodology, which will synthesize and make available concrete information from credible expert organizations and multilateral bodies working in the field of human rights, international humanitarian law, transnational organized crime, counter-terrorism, with a view to supporting the application of relevant provisions of Articles 6 & 7
  • Reporting on evidence and risks of diversion of transferred weapons in order to guide the application of the commitments to prevent diversion of Article 11. 
  • Identifying patterns of exports/imports of conventional weapons that should be of concern to States Parties based on the ATT’s criteria, and goal of reducing human suffering. 

The ATT Monitor will hold roundtable consultations with key stakeholders from governments, academic institutions and civil society before the end of 2016 to help develop the Risk Watch methodology.

The information and guidance produced by ATT Monitor will be publicly available to all interested parties. The Risk Watch methodology will help provide a basis for the evaluation of arms transfers into contexts of concern, and will be of value for use by government export authorities, and to other governments and civil society organizations to act as watchdogs of licensing behaviour.