IALANA Bids Farewell to Judge Weeramantry

A giant of the law, Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, died peacefully at his home in Sri Lanka on January 5, 2017. He was everything a lawyer could be: barrister, professor, judge. From 1967 to 1972 he served as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and then as  a judge of the…

IT IS TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT! До конца света осталось 2,5 минуты Стрелку Часов Судного дня передвинули на 30 секунд вперед

Only in 1953, when the USA and the USSR tested their hydrogen bombs, the world was a more dangerous one according to scientists! For the last two years, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock stayed set at three minutes before the hour, the closest it had been to midnight since the early 1980s. In…

Nuclear disarmament is alive: Negotiations with a view to concluding a treaty outlawing nuclear weapons to start in March 2017!

Nuclear disarmament is not dead yet and interesting times are ahead of us. The UN General Assembly adopted, on 27 October 2016, a landmark resolution to launch negotiations in 2017 on a treaty banning nuclear weapons. This historic resolution might mark the end of two decades of paralysis in multilateral nuclear disarmament efforts. At a…

The incompatibility of WMDs with the right to life (Article 6 ICCPR) – a submission to the UN Human Rights Committee

By Daniel Rietiker The UN Human Rights Committee is currently drafting a new General Comment No. 36 on the right to life. Since the current draft does not entirely reflect the duties of the States Parties to the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Politicial Rights (ICCPR) with regards WMD, including nuclear weapons, Swiss Lawyers…

International Conference: Building a nuclear-weapon-free world

By Daniel Rietiker I was invited to represent Swiss Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmamaent (SLND/SAFNA) and IALANA at this conference in Astana (Kazakhstan). I was struck by the hospitality of the Kazakh hosts and their efforts deployend in order to offer ideal conditions for fruitful negotiations. Nuclear disarmament and the achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world is…