IALANA board members Dr. John Burroughs and Amela Skiljan as well as IALANA consultant and member of Aotearoa Lawyers for Peace Alyn Ware and Prof. Nick Grief were interviewed by Gabriela Maier Tolic for the podcast Youth Fusion International Law Series.
This podcast was established to help anyone interested in finding out more about nuclear weapons issues and how they are regulated in international law by providing an overview of the status of international law connected to nuclear weapons. This episode explores questions surrounding the possession of nuclear weapons and the disarmament obligation.
Find the podcast episodes here:
Prof. Nick Grief – fundamental principles of international law
Dr. John Burroughs – possession of and obligation to reduce nuclear weapons
Amela Skiljan and Alyn Ware – law and the threat of use of nuclear weapons
By Dr. John Burroughs, Senior Analyst, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy
NEW YORK, Nov 2 2020 (IPS) – The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) will become binding law for participating states on January 22, 2021. Entry into force was triggered on October 24, the date marking the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, when Honduras become the 50th state to ratify the TPNW, reaching the threshold set by the treaty.
This is a signal accomplishment on the part of the 122 states, none nuclear-armed, that negotiated and adopted the TPNW in 2017, along with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which provided expert advice, and the International Campaign to Aboilish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a civil society initiative that won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
Together, the negotiating states, the ICRC, and ICAN took responsibility for creating a path toward the global elimination of nuclear weapons, essentially because the world’s most powerful states – all nuclear armed – are failing to do so.
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