Issue No. 1

November 24, 2016

Make Nuclear Weapons the Target

On 6 August 2011, Australian Red Cross launched its ―Make Nuclear Weapons the Target‖ campaign to raise awareness of the unacceptable humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the urgent imperative of clarification on the prohibition of their use. However, this is not the first time …

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November 24, 2016

The Illegality of Nuclear Weapons

If international law as an institution is to have any relevance, it must apply to critical issues. Nuclear weapons do not fall beyond its scope – indeed they pose its most critical test. These instruments of terror, through their ordinary use, cause human suffering on …

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November 24, 2016

The United Nations and a Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear Disarmament

Do you imagine that political constitutions spring from a tree or rock and not from the disposition of citizens? — Plato1Inscription without reference, Alfred Zimmern, The League of Nations and the Rule of Law (London: Macmillan and Co., 1939), p. vi. One often hears that …

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November 24, 2016

The Implications of the Ethical Guidelines for the Norwegian Petroleum Fund for the Application of International Humanitarian Law to Nuclear Weapons

In 2005, seven international companies were excluded from the portfolio of the Norwegian Petroleum Fund, on the ground that they produced key components for nuclear weapons. The Ethical Guidelines on which the decision was based specify that the Fund should not be invested in companies …

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November 24, 2016

Risks Arising from Peacetime Nuclear Operations: A Report on a Presentation by Bruce Blair

At the Vancouver conference,1“Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons”, convened by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms in Vancouver, Canada, February 10-11, 2011. on February 10, 2011, Dr. Bruce Blair, Co-Founder …

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November 24, 2016

How Many Points of the Law is Possession?

Possession is nine points of the law,1A saying meaning that possession of a thing constitutes close to full ownership. say the skeptics. And well they might, when it comes to objects the legality of which is in dispute. Like nuclear weapons. But let us suppose …

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November 24, 2016

Nuclear Weapons: the Legal Status of Use, Threat and Possession

Introduction In April 2010 the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) declared: “the ICRC finds it difficult to envisage how any use of nuclear weapons could be compatible with the rules of international humanitarian law.”1“Bringing the era of nuclear weapons to …

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November 22, 2016

The Vancouver Declaration and the Humanitarian Imperative for Nuclear Disarmament

The Vancouver Declaration, “Law’s Imperative for a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World”, 1Available at http://www.lcnp.org/wcourt/Feb2011VancouverConference/vancouverdeclaration.pdf is included as an appendix to this issue of the Nuclear Abolition Forum. It serves two main purposes. It places the imperatives of non-use and elimination of nuclear weapons in a broad humanitarian perspective, and …

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