Illegality of nuclear weapons under international law, and its relevance for the divestment debate

Daniel Rietiker This is a presentation delivered at the conference “Move the Nuclear Weapons Money”, Basel 12 April 2019. Dear colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, I thank Alyn Ware and Andi Niedecker very much for inviting me to this very promissing and important event. I was proposed the title “Illegality of nuclear weapons under international law”.…

Too much policy, not enough law: US suspension and potential withdrawal from the INF Treaty is not only unwise, but also problematic under international law

Dr.iur. Daniel Rietiker[1] Introduction The announcement of 1st of February 2019 on the suspension and potential withdrawal by the USA from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles (hereafter: INF Treaty), a key instrument with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War, followed by Russia’s prompt…

Swiss Government not keen on ratifying the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW): A Missed Opportunity in the Fight against Nuclear Weapons

Translation from German of the Editorial by Prof. Malinverni and Dr. Daniel Rietiker published in Wochenzeitung WoZ, no 41, 11 October 2018. The authors thank Marc Finaud (GCSP) for his assistance in this translation. The Federal Council has decided not to sign the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). The lawyers Daniel…

New Hope for Nuclear Disarmament or “Much Ado About Nothing?”: Legal Assessment of the New “Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons” and the Joint Statement by the USA, UK, and France Following its Adoption

Article published by Daniel Rietiker in the Harvard International Law Journal, 8 December 2017 (online). Success has become rare in the sensitive field of nuclear arms control. But what happened on 7 July 2017 at the United Nations in New York deserves to be remembered and analyzed because the adoption of a Treaty on the…