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Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
Status of compliance with non-proliferation and disarmament obligations.
World Court Project/International Law
The historic 1996 opinion of the International Court of Justice on the illegality of nuclear weapons and international law developments since then.
Nuclear Weapons Convention
The elimination of nuclear weapons through negotiation of an international agreement (convention). Includes a model Nuclear Weapons Convention drafted under LCNP's leadership.
Publications and Resources
Books, articles, newsletters, law school reading lists, links and more.
Nuclear Energy
Dangers of nuclear power and its status under the Non-Proliferation Treaty; energy alternatives.
About LCNP
A non-profit educational association of lawyers and legal scholars.

IALANA, Middle Powers Initiative, Global Action to Prevent War, Abolition 2000, Mayors for Peace.

Anyone who has a nuclear weapon as an instrument of foreign policy is ready to break all three categories of law: those of man, god, and nature. The formation of a committee such as yours was a categorical imperative.
- Kurt Vonnegut, letter to LCNP President Peter Weiss, September 1997

Nuclear Abolition Forum:
Dialogue on the Process to Achieve and Sustain a Nuclear Weapons Free World

A valuable resource for education and advocacy, the inaugural issue features articles by LCNP and other experts examining the humanitarian approach to the abolition of nuclear weapons.



Beyond the Bomb: tears, laughter, hope

ENDGAME: posters for sale
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"The Waiting Ones"
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What's New?

Peaceful Resolution of the U.S.-North Korean Confrontation: Lawful and Wise, LCNP Statement, April 25, 2017

Selected Elements of a Treaty Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons, IALANA Discussion Paper, March 24, 2017

Petition Delivered to OPANAL in Mexico City: "Congratulations on 50th Anniversary of the Treaty of Tlatelolco", February 14, 2017

IALANA Bids Farewell to Judge Weeramantry, January 5, 2017

Policies Regarding Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament in the Trump Administration, LCNP Memorandum, December 19, 2016

IALANA Statement on the Dismissal of the Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Disarmament Cases by the International Court of Justice, December 2016

LCNP eNews: Terra Incognita, November 2016

International Court of Justice Dismisses Marshall Islands’ Nuclear Disarmament Cases Without Considering the Merits, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, October 5, 2016

Rethinking General and Complete Disarmament in the Twenty-first Century, UN Office of Disarmament Affairs Occasional Papers, No. 28, October 2016. Includes chapter by LCNP Executive Director John Burroughs.

William Perry: My Journey at the Nuclear Brink
All Souls Unitarian Church, New York City, October 24, 2016

In his book My Journey at the Nuclear Brink, former Secretary of Defense William Perry describes his lifelong passion to prevent nuclear war, including his experience as Secretary of Defense from 1994 to 1997. With George Shultz, Sam Nunn, and Henry Kissinger, he was co-author of a series of influential op-eds in the Wall Street Journal on the need to move toward a world free of nuclear weapons. He believes that the dangers posed by nuclear arms are now greater than ever, that action is urgently needed to reduce those dangers, and that nuclear weapons should be abolished as soon as possible.

Sponsored by: Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, All Souls Nuclear Disarmament Task Force,
Peace Action of New York State

The Right to Life and WMD, IALANA Submission to Human Rights Committee, September 7, 2016

Looking Back: The 1996 Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice, John Burroughs, Arms Control Today, July/August 2016
The now 20-year-old opinion on the legality of nuclear weapons threat or use remains an indispensable guide to the norms requiring non-use of the weapons and negotiation of their elimination.

Policies Regarding Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament in the Next Administration, LCNP Memo for Foreign Policy Advisors, Presidential Campaigns, June 3, 2016

A Legal Instrument for the Prohibition and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, May 2, 2016, UN Open-ended Working Group
taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations

The Marshall Islands' Nuclear Zero Cases in the International Court of Justice
Information on the pathbreaking initiative, plus media coverage
- LCNP Amicus Brief in Marshall Islands' appeal in US court case, July 20, 2015

Course on International Law & Nuclear Weapons, Selected Student Papers, Fall 2015, Fordham University School of Law
Psychology of Nuclear Choice: The Decision to Proliferate in the Non-Proliferation Regime, Arielle Shahid
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Mélissa Cornet
Cyber Attacks on Nuclear Facilities, Nina Decoularé-Delafontaine
The Lawfulness of Nuclear Deterrence, Domitille Gautier de Charnacé
North Korean Nuclear Problems, Youn Kyeong Kim

Disarmament Times, Fall-Winter 2015, featuring Tad Daley, “Reimagining the United Nations,” and Douglas Roche, “Nuclear Abolition: the Moral Case”

Strange Spectacle: Nuclear Security Summit 2016, John Burroughs, IPS, April 21, 2016

Legal Gap or Compliance Gap? John Burroughs and Peter Weiss, Arms Control Today, October 2015

The Climate-Nuclear Nexus
Jürgen Scheffran and others, World Future Council, April 2016

This report examines the two main threats to humanity’s future, climate change and nuclear weapons; their interaction, including that climate change-caused or exacerbated conflict would increase the chance of use of nuclear weapons; and efforts to address each threat through international agreements and processes. The principal author, Jürgen Scheffran, a professor at the University of Hamburg and a longtime LCNP colleague, is an expert in both the scientific aspects of nuclear disarmament and the science of climate change. John Burroughs, LCNP Executive Director, and Alyn Ware, LCNP consultant, are among the contributors.

More resources on climate protection and nuclear abolition

LCNP and PSR urge President Obama to take executive action on de-alerting and climate consequences of nuclear explosions, June 10, 2015

Nuclear Disarmament: The Road Ahead, IALANA, April 2015

LCNP endorses the 1 for 7 Billion campaign to find the best next UN Secretary-General

Event Report, April 2, 2014, Honoring Peter Weiss, LCNP President Emeritus, "Law's Imperative: A World Free of Nuclear Weapons," with Hans Corell, Virginia Gamba, Roger Clark, and Elizabeth Shafer
- Tributes to Peter, a special publication
- Video excerpts of speakers' remarks, courtesy of DCTV

Creating the Conditions and Building the Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World, Summary Report and Presentations, Berlin Framework Forum sponsored by Middle Powers Initiative and PNND, February 21-22, 2013
Briefing Paper
, John Burroughs, LCNP Executive Director
Roundtable, German Mission to the United Nations, New York, October 10, 2012
Remarks of Angela Kane, UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Remarks of John Burroughs, LCNP Executive Director

Unspeakable suffering: the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons, Reaching Critical Will, February 2013
International Humanitarian Law, John Burroughs

International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Abolition Forum, No. 1, 2011

Program on International Humanitarian Law and Nuclear Weapons, American Bar Association, April 20, 2012, with Amb. Libran Cabactulan, Prof. Gary Solis, and LCNP’s Charles J. Moxley, Jr. Examines the question: how does and how should international law governing the conduct of warfare apply to nuclear weapons?

Assuring destruction forever: nuclear weapon modernization around the world, Reaching Critical Will, March 2012, with articles by LCNP’s Merav Datan on Israel and John Burroughs on International Law

Fordham International Law Journal

Nuclear Weapons and Compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Charles J. Moxley, Jr., John Burroughs and Jonathan Granoff, Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Obama's Nuclear Posture Review, Charles J. Moxley, Jr., Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Taking the Law Seriously: The Imperative Need for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, Peter Weiss, Fordham International Law Journal (Vol. 34, 2011)

Vancouver Declaration

Vancouver Declaration: Law's Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World, February 11, 2011 [In Russian]

Signatories to the Vancouver Declaration, February 2013

Media Release, March 23, 2011

Nuclear Energy and Weapons: Uncontrollable in Time and Space, Alyn Ware, HuffPost Green, March 23, 2011

"Absolute Prohibition of an Absolute Evil," Ernie Regehr,, March 30, 2011

Law’s Imperative, John Burroughs, Reaching Critical Will Blog, April 15, 2011

Public Momentum Builds Against Nukes, Haider Rizvi, IPS, March 25, 2011

Vancouver Conference

Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Paradigm for Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, Vancouver, February 10-11, 2011
Hosted by The Simons Foundation and co-convened by IALANA

Conference Statement of Intent

Participant Profiles

Remarks of Nicholas Grief - Nuclear Weapons: The Legal Status of Use, Threat and Possession

Speaking Notes of Victor Vavricka, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Remarks of Peter Weiss: How Many Points of the Law is Possession?

Remarks of Randy Rydell: Bringing Democracy and the Rule of Law to Disarmament

Paper by Toshinori Yamada: Japan's View of the Use of Nuclear Weapons

Paper by Elizabeth Shafer: Humanitarian Law and the Nuclear Disarmament Obligation

Good Faith, International Law, and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons, May 1, 2008 Conference, Geneva

Judge Mohammed Bedjaoui, Keynote Address, May 1, 2008, Geneva
Peter Weiss, Remarks on Judge Bedjaoui’s Keynote Address
Professor Karima Bennoune, The Intersection of Nuclear Weapons and International Human Rights Law
Professor Marcelo Kohen, Remarks
Good Faith: A Fundamental Principle of International Law, John Burroughs, News in Review, Final Edition, No. 9, 28 April – 9 May 2008

Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP):
UN Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA). Accredited as a citizens' organization (NGO) at the United Nations.