School of Law

Rob Van Riet: The Marshall Islands' Nuclear Zero Cases in the International Court of Justice

27 March 2015

Time: 12:00 - 2:00pm
Venue: Room 3.24, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Rob Van Riet of the World Future Council will talk about the Marshall Islands case, which is ongoing before the International Court of Justice.

Background of the case

On 24 April 2014 the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) filed applications in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold the nine nuclear-armed states accountable for violations of international law with respect to their nuclear disarmament obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and customary international law. The nine states possessing nuclear arsenals are the United States, United Kingdom, France, Russia, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel.

The cases are founded on the unanimous conclusion of the ICJ in a 1996 advisory opinion, that there 'exists an obligation to pursue in good faith and bring to a conclusion negotiations leadings to nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.'

The relief requested is a declaratory judgment of breach of obligations relating to nuclear disarmament and an order to take, within one year of the judgment, all steps necessary to comply with those obligations, including the pursuit, by initiation if necessary, of negotiations in good faith aimed at the conclusion of a convention on nuclear disarmament in all its aspects under strict and effective international control.


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