of the most interesting meetings I attended was entitled "Taking the Bomb
back to Court: Prospects for a Return to the International Court of
Justice". The main speakers were
Judge Christopher Weeramantry and Peter Weiss. Judge Weeramantry
was on the panel of the original
As this year is the tenth anniversary of the original World Court ruling, Judge Weeramantry is especially anxious to try and achieve an update, as he put it "the loophole of the 'survival of a state would be at stake' needs to be closed". He was definite that there is no way a nuclear weapon could be used in compliance with any number of rules of Just War or Geneva Conventions, yet he maintains anyone with a physics PhD could make one, and the dangers are increasing all the time.
Peter Weiss is President of the "International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms". They are working on asking the Judges to consider whether the nuclear states are complying with their Good Faith obligation. This refers to another section of the 1996 ruling which stated "all states are legally obliged to pursue negotiations in good faith and bring to a conclusion..... nuclear disarmament measures." As it is self-evident that the nuclear weapons states are doing no such thing, they are approaching non-nuclear states to call for a return to the Court. They thought about 165 states were in favour, but the names have to be secret at present because otherwise extreme pressure will be brought to bear in advance by the USA government, as happened last time, causing many to back off.
speaker at this meeting was Alyn Ware from
Looking again through all my papers to write this makes me wish there were more hours in the day to follow everything up, but at least it is heartening to know so much is going on world-wide. Next month - The Peace Boat.