Nuclear Weapons under International Law

Completed in December 2015

There is no unequivocal and explicit prohibition of nuclear weapons under international law, although it significantly restricts the possibility for lawful use. With regard to possession, production and stockpiling of nuclear weapons, a number of regimes constitute important regulatory frameworks that to a large degree have prevented nuclear proliferation.

In contrast to other legal regimes pertaining to weapons of mass destruction, nuclear weapon use, production, transfer and possession is not explicitly prohibited. Disarmament obligations are challenging to enforce.

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Stuart Casey-Maslen

OUTPUT

In Nuclear Weapons under International Law: An Overview (October 2014), the Geneva Academy and the International Law and Policy Institute summarize international law governing nuclear weapons with regard to the inter-state use of force, international humanitarian law, human rights law, disarmament law and environmental law. This summary is based on Nuclear Weapons Under International Law, edited by Gro Nystuen, Annie Golden Bersagel and Stuart Casey-Maslen, and published by Cambridge University Press (August 2014).

Publications

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Weapons under International Human Rights Law

July 2015

Stuart Casey-Maslen

Cambridge University Press

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Nuclear Weapons Under International Law: An Overview

October 2014

Stuart Casey-Maslen

Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and International Law and Policy Institute

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