Between Prosperity and Destruction: A Modern Interpretation of the Right to Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy in Light of the Protection of Human Rights and Future Generations

by Daniel Rietiker Abstract: This chapter takes a new approach to the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. The pros and cons of nuclear energy will be assessed in light of human rights standards, whereby civil as well as economic, social and cultural rights will be equally taken into account. Contrary to environmental…

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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…

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…

A Legal Instrument for the Prohibition and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

Intervention made on behalf of IALANA at the Open-ending-working group on nuclear disarmament, Geneva, 10 May 2016 (without footnotes) Dr. Daniel Rietiker, PhD International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) Swiss Lawyers for Nuclear Disarmament (SLND) I have the honour to make an intervention on behalf of IALANA – the International Association of Lawyers Against…

Marshall Islands v. United Kingdom, India and Pakistan

By Sergei Golubok, Dr.jur., Member of the Scientific Board of SLND/SAFNA, Partner, Double Bridge Law, St. Petersburg.             In March 2016 the International Court of Justice held hearings on preliminary objections in the cases lodged by the Marshall Islands regarding negotiations relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race and to nuclear disarmament.             The applicant…

Event announcement with our participation (Geneva, 17 Nov. 2015): The Existential Threat of Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons: The Marshall Islands Experience and Action in the International Court Of Justice

The Existential Threat of Climate Change and Nuclear Weapons: The Marshall Islands Experience and Action in the International Court Of Justice Tuesday,17 November 2015, 10.00-12.00 Main Meeting Room, Inter-Parliamentary Union,(IPU) Headquarters Organized by the World Future Council, the Basel Peace Office, and the Right-Livelihood Award Foundation Speakers: Selina Neirok Leem, Marshall Islands student at the…

Illegality of use of nuclear weapons under international law: An article by John Burroughs and Peter Weiss

Beatrice Fihn’s recent article (“A New Humanitarian Era: Prohibiting the Unacceptable,” July/August 2015) highlights the commitment by the signers of the “Humanitarian Pledge” to “pursue effective measures to fill the legal gap for the prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons.” Put forward by Austria in December 2014, the pledge is now supported by well more…