International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) Encourages UN to Prohibit Threat of Use of Nuclear Weapons

This week, the United Nations are convening in New York to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, in a step toward the ultimate goal of totally eliminating them.  The International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, IALANA, used this opportunity to make a strong statement supporting these negotiations and emphasizing the need to codify a global prohibition on the use and threat of use of nuclear weapons.

Earlier this month, IALANA published a letter endorsed by over 400 legal professionals from around the globe, including Rt Hon Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Prof Herta Däubler-Gmelin, former Minister of Justice of Germany.  The letter welcomes the ongoing UN negotiations, underscores that the threat and use of nuclear weapons is currently illegal under general international, and cites nuclear-armed states’ disregard of the illegality of the threat of use of nuclear force as reason the UN should pass an explicit international prohibition.

Including a ban on the threat of use of nuclear weapons in any forthcoming UN declaration has been hotly contested, however IALANA’s letter expresses clear support for including such a provision, stating that the threat of use is already illegal: “If a use of force is illegal under the UN Charter or humanitarian law, the threat to use such force is also illegal.”
IALANA’s letter marks bold support in these tense, escalating times. PWPP commends them for their leadership toward building a more just and peaceable world through the international prohibition of the use – and threat of use! – of nuclear weapons.
You can read the full letter published online at:


The letter remains open for further endorsements from the legal community. If you’re interested in signing on, go to:

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