The Nuclear Abolition Forum is a joint project of eight key organizations active in the disarmament field.
The Board of Editors is composed of representatives from each organization:
John Scales Avery, Ph.D., is a theoretical chemist noted for his research publications in quantum chemistry, thermodynamics, evolution, and history of science. Since the early 1990s, Dr. Avery has been active in the global peace movement. He got involved in the work of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and founded Pugwash Denmark. Presently, he is an Associate Professor in quantum chemistry at the University of Copenhagen and a Member of the Danish Peace Academy.
Chair, Pugwash Denmark
John Burroughs, J.D., Ph.D., is a specialist on treaty regimes and international law relating to nuclear and other non-conventional weapons. He represents the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) in Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review proceedings, the United Nations, and other international forums. In 1998, Dr. Burroughs represented LCNP at the negotiations on the International Criminal Court in Rome, and in 1995, he was the nongovernmental legal coordinator at the hearings on nuclear weapons before the International Court of Justice.
Dr. Burroughs is co-editor and contributor, Nuclear Disorder or Cooperative Security? U.S. Weapons of Terror, the Global Proliferation Crisis, and Paths to Peace (2007) (available here); co-editor and contributor, Rule of Power or Rule of Law? An Assessment of U.S. Policies and Actions Regarding Security-Related Treaties (2003); and author of The Legality of Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons: A Guide to the Historic Opinion of the International Court of Justice (1998). He has additionally published articles and op-eds in journals and newspapers including the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the World Policy Journal, and Newsday. Dr. Burroughs also is an adjunct professor of international law at Rutgers Law School, Newark. He has a J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from Harvard University.
Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy (UN Office of the International Association of Laywers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA))
David T. Ives has been executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute since January 2002 and is also an adjunct professor of Latin American studies, philosophy, and international business at Quinnipiac University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling, both from Ohio State University and worked on a doctorate in Latin American history at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica, where he taught agriculture. As Rotary Peace Forum Coordinator for Rotary International, he set up conferences on peace around the world.
He holds extensive global experience in higher education and the non-profit sector, most recently working as program manager at the Countryside Exchange, The Glynwood Center in Cold Spring, N.Y. He was the executive director at The Louis August Jonas Foundation in New York for 11 years, where he ran an international leadership training program for young people from countries with histories of conflict. He is directing the Albert Schweitzer Institute by building a strategic planning process, which will expand its visibility and programs in health, humanitarianism and peace. He is the co-president of the United Nations Association of New Haven and a member of the International Consortium on the Arms Trade Treaty.
Executive Director, Albert Schweitzer Institute, Quinnipiac University
Xanthe Hall has been involved in the anti-nuclear movement for many years. She has volunteered and worked for Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) in the UK. She has organised demonstrations and non-violent direct actions at bases hosting US nuclear weapons (Greenham Common, Molesworth, Alconbury).
In 1992 she became the international campaigner for IPPNW and in 1995 she co-founded the Abolition 2000 Global Network for the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. She is presently a member of the Abolition Global Council and Country Contact for the Middle Powers Initiative. She is also the nuclear weapons expert and programme coordinator of the German affiliate of IPPNW.
Nuclear Disarmament Campaigner, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW)
Jürgen Scheffran, Ph.D., is Professor at the Institute for Geography and head of the Research Group Climate Change and Security at the KlimaCampus of Hamburg University. He holds a PhD in physics from Marburg University. He is co-founder of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP), one of the principal drafters of the Model Nuclear Weapons Convention and co-author of the book “Securing Our Survival: The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention”.
Member, International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation (INESAP)
Alyn Ware began his working life as a pre-school teacher and started in the early Eighties to adopt peace education as his major cause. He established the Mobile Peace Van Society, taught all aspects of peace education in pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools of New Zealand and was active in the successful campaign to make New Zealand a nuclear-weapon free zone. At the beginning of the Nineties he started to work with the United Nations in New York. There he worked for the prevention of the Gulf War and accompanied the UN negotiations for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
For seven years (1992 – 1999) Alyn Ware has been the executive director at the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, the US-section of the International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA). In 1995 Alyn Ware co-founded the international network Abolition 2000, now numbering over 2000 endorsing organizations that call for negotiations to achieve a Nuclear Weapons Convention. After the publication of the advisory opinion on the Legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1996, declaring that the use or the threat of the use of nuclear weapons is against international law, Alyn Ware initiated one of a series of UN resolutions about the implementation of the advisory opinion of the ICJ through a nuclear weapons convention.
In 2000 he founded the network Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), which now counts more than 700 members. At present he works as PNND’s international coordinator.
In 2009 he received the Right Livelihood Award and he has been a Member of the World Future Council since 2010.
Member, World Future Council (WFC)