AUTHORNanda, Ved P. / Krieger, David
TITLENuclear Weapons and the World Court
PUBLISHERTransnational Publishers, Inc.
CITYArdsley, New York

Written in 1998, this book examines international law as it applies to nuclear weaponry and explores the role of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the effort to secure the world from nuclear threats and attacks. The book begins by highlighting legal challenges relating to nuclear weapons, then presents historical background on the subject of the ICJ and nuclear weaponry, including the international legal responses that followed the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It provides a detailed explanation of the ICJ’s opinion concerning the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weaponry and chronicles significant developments in the 1990s, such as the impact of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) on the World Court Project, the World Health Organization’s failure to obtain an advisory opinion from the ICJ, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s request for an advisory opinion on the legality of nuclear weapons use under international law, and the ICJ’s ultimate ruling that nuclear weapons are subject to international law and thus must be governed by the relevant UN charter provisions. Addressing the worldwide implications of the ICJ’s ruling, the final chapter presents an agenda for ensuring future safety, describing the roles to be played by non-aligned states, the allies of nuclear states, and NGOs. Appendices include copies of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT), the UN General Assembly's 1997 Resolution 52/38 calling for nuclear disarmament, as well as the 1995 statement from the mayor of Nagasaki to the ICJ and other related documents.

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