Strasbourg Agreement (1675)

The Strasbourg Agreement of 27 August 1675 is the first international agreement banning the use of chemical weapons. The treaty was signed between France and the Holy Roman Empire, and was created in response to the use of poisoned bullets.[1] The use of this weaponry was preceded by Leonardo da Vinci's invention of arsenic and sulfur-packed shells that can be fired against ships.[2] These weapons had been used by Christoph Bernhard von Galen, Bishop of Munster, in the Siege of Groningen (1672) - thus provoking the Strasbourg Agreement between the belligerents of the Eighty Years' War.

The Hague Convention of 1899 also contained a provision that rejected the use of projectiles capable of diffusing asphyxiating or deleterious gases.[3] The next major agreement on chemical weapons did not occur until the 1925 Geneva Protocol. Today, the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons is different from the use of poison as a method of warfare and is particularly noted by the International Committee of the Red Cross as existing independent of each other.[4]

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  2. ^ Coleman, K. (2005). A History of Chemical Warfare. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 7. ISBN 9781403934598.
  3. ^ Erlanger, Steven (2013-09-06). "A Weapon Seen as Too Horrible, Even in War". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  4. ^ Casey-Maslen, Stuart (2014). The War Report: Armed Conflict in 2013. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 306. ISBN 9780198724681.