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Nuclear Weapons in International Law and Politics

16th March 2007

10 years after the International Court of Justice gave its Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons in 1996, the regulation of nuclear weapons continues to attract political and scholarly attention. The 'war on terror', the acquisition of nuclear weapons by 'maverick' States and the growing acceptance of nuclear energy, raise renewed concerns as to the viability of the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968.

These recent challenges raise questions about the content and adequacy of international law concerning nuclear weapons. Several competing solutions have been proposed to respond to these threats and challenges, ranging from increased use of the IAEA process to the claimed pre-emptive right of self-defence, each of which is likely significantly to reshape the current international régime for nuclear weapons.

This symposium invites international legal and political scholars and professionals to discuss the regulation of the use of nuclear weapons by reference to contemporary international law - the law of war, use of force and arms control, humanitarian law, non-proliferation and disarmament régimes, human rights law and environmental law.

This event will be followed by a reception for all those attending.

5 CPD hours may be claimed by both solicitors and barristers through attendance at this event. Speakers may claim an additional CPD point for preparation.

Please click here to view the programme.

Student entrance is free upon presentation of a valid student card prior to registration.

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