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.
The letter remains open for further endorsements from the legal community. If you’re interested in signing on, go to: https://www.ialana.info/lawyers-letter/.