LAUNCH Event: Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons – A Commentary Article by Article

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Date(s) - 10/Jun/2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Date: 10 June 2022 at 13:00 CEST
With: Daniel Rietiker (Switzerland), Manfred Mohr (Germany) and Toshinori Yamada (Japan), Nathan Kang (South Korea)


On 7 July 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) was adopted. After biological (1972) and chemical weapons (1993), the remaining type of weapons of mass destruction will therefore be banned contractually. The treaty reinforces the norm against nuclear weapons, and relevant existing international (treaty or customary) law. It creates new momentum for nuclear disarmament, gives civil society a new tool in its fight for a world free from nuclear weapons, and puts more pressure on Nuclear Weapons States (NWS) and their allies.

The treaty entered into force on 22 January 2021. At the moment of completing the update of the present commentary, 86 States have signed the treaty and 59 have ratified.

Between 21 and 23 June, the first meeting of States Parties according to Article 8 § 2 will be held in Vienna.

For a better understanding of the treaty, Daniel Rietiker (Switzerland), Manfred Mohr (Germany) and Toshinori Yamada (Japan), three leading experts in the field, have updated their commentary article-by-article and translated from English into German, Japanese and Russian. The commentary is intended to explain the main provisions of the treaty in a nutshell. Thanks to its accessible language, it is meant to assist a broad readership in analyzing and implementing the TPNW. Nathan Kang (South Korea) will give insights in victims assistance in South Korea.

IALANA invites you to this launch event of the updated commentary.

The authors will give short introductions. These will be followed by a Q/A session where views and opinions can be exchanged on the main issues that will and should be addressed in Vienna.