27th November 2006
This is a public lecture sponsored by Linklaters, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons.
10 years after the International Court of Justice's advisory opinion, the lawfulness of nuclear weapons still attracts considerable political and scholarly attention. In the context of the 'war on terrorism' there are growing concerns over the acquisition, testing and use of nuclear weapons both by 'maverick' States and non-State actors. These recent concerns raise questions about the adequacy of international law concerning nuclear weapons in this new environment. A number of competing solutions and options have been proposed, ranging from increased use of the IAEA procedures to the asserted pre-emptive right of self-defence, each of which is likely significantly to reshape the current international rÃ©gime bearing on nuclear weapons.
The lecture will be followed by a reception for all those attending.
This event is free to Institute Members; however we ask both members and non-members to register for this event to avoid disappointment. If you are not a member of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the attendance fee includes a year's membership to the Institute.
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