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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"
Spray Paint, 1962
18" x 24"



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What's New?

Nuclear Disarmament: The Fierce Urgency of Now, IALANA presentation delivered by Peter Weiss at the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Nuclear Weapons: Humanitarian Aspects and Legal Framework, presentation delivered by LCNP Executive Director John Burroughs at an event organized by the Hiroshima Prefecture, April 29, 2015

The Marshall Islands' Two-Front Fight to Survive and Thrive: Climate Protection and Nuclear Disarmament, John Burroughs, Disarmament Times, Fall/Winter 2014
- Delegitimizing Nuclear Violence, Nick Ritchie

Celebrating Angela Kane, RSVP for the May 11 evening event
- Messages of Appreciation from civil society

Nuclear Disarmament: The Road Ahead, IALANA, April 2015. Includes recommendations for the 2015 NPT Review Conference

Letter to President Obama calling for action to dealert nuclear forces, April 7, 2015

The Marshall Islands' Nuclear Zero Cases in the International Court of Justice
Information on the pathbreaking initiative, plus media coverage
- New York Times story, December 28, 2014
- Peter Weiss in, January 26, 2015

Event: Back to the International Court of Justice: The Marshall Islands' Nuclear Zero Lawsuits, Vienna, December 5, 2014
Video Part I: Introductions/Welcome, Tony de Brum, Phon van den Biesen, Judge Christopher Weeramantry
Video Part II: Marylia Kelley, David Krieger

Were Nuclear Weapons Born Illegal? Remarks by John Burroughs at the international seminar, Roads to Nuclear Disarmament: A Case of Convergence in Diversity, Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Santiago, January 8-9, 2015

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

Deadly Connections: Challenging Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Power, and Climate Change, a Climate Convergence Workshop, September 20, 2014
- Tony deBrum, Foreign Minister, Marshall Islands (video)
- John Burroughs, LCNP Executive Director (video; text)

Building Blocks Approach for a World without Nuclear Weapons, remarks by John Burroughs, October 22, 2014

U.S. Should Seek Compliance with the INF Treaty, Not Withdraw from It, LCNP Statement, August 2014

Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons, by Guy Quinlan, LCNP President, Disarmament Times E-News, Issue 2, August 2014

Open letter calling on President Obama to move from talk to action on nuclear disarmament, April 28, 2014

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

Facing the Dangers of 21st Century Great Power War: A Conference on the Centenary of World War I, New York City, May 3, 2014
- Video, remarks, conference documents
- Remarks of John Burroughs
- International Law Before and After WWI: Peter Weiss, No-to-NATO newsletter, September 2013, p. 6

A Middle East Without WMD: A Palestine-Israel Journal Conference in Jersualem
with LCNP's Peter Weiss, October 31, 2013

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

A Legal Path to a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Peter Weiss, Austrian Review of International and European Law, 2010

Moving Beyond Nuclear Deterrence to a Nuclear Weapons Free World, Nuclear Abolition Forum, No. 2, 2013

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?

Mapping the Issues: Interactive Maps on Nuclear Disarmament, Genocide, Space Security, and Arctic Security, The Simons Foundation, launched July 2012. Content for Nuclear Disarmament Map provided by LCNP.

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

Peace, Law and Nuclear Weapons (As Seen by Two Jews and an Arab), Peter Weiss, Palestine-Israel Journal, March 2010

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

Updated Model Convention Prohibiting and Eliminating Nuclear Weapons, 2007
Background and Resources

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.