New President of IALANA
Judge Christopher Weeramantry is the new president of
the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA). He is a former
vice-president of the International Court of Justice, on which he served for nine years.
He is the author of a magnificent dissent in the ICJs nuclear weapons advisory
opinion, available on the ICJ website (www.icj-cij.org).
In the dissent he argues convincingly and at length, drawing on many legal traditions,
that the threat or use of nuclear arms in any circumstance is contrary to humanitarian and
other international law.
Peter Weiss, president of IALANA since its inception in 1989, is
now a vice-president. He remains president of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear
Policy, the U.S. affiliate of IALANA. Peter Becker, an attorney in Marburg,
Germany, is now secretary of IALANA. Phon van den Biesen, an Amsterdam
attorney and secretary of IALANA since its inception, is now a vice-president.
IALANA now has three offices: the northern office in Marburg, Germany, directed
by Philipp Boos; the southern office in Hamilton, New Zealand, directed by Alan Webb; and
the UN office at LCNP in New York, directed by John Burroughs. The former main office in
The Hague has been closed. For more on IALANA, see www.ialana.org.