Legal tools for nuclear disarmament – a dialogue with international law experts

On the morning of 18 April, Green Cross International hosted a dialogue with international law experts on nuclear disarmament at its offices in Geneva. The event was a joint initiative with Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).

Alyn Ware, Global Coordinator of PNND, opened the session. GCI’s Adam Koniuszewski welcomed the participants and described the work of Green Cross towards a just, safe and sustainable future for all. Adam also congratulated the members of the Fissile Materials Working Group, including GCI Director Paul Walker, for earning the NGO Leadership Award at the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit that just took place in Washington.

Guest speakers Phon van den Biesen, co-counsel on the Marshall Islands cases, John Burroughs from the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy and Peter Becker from the German Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms then provided their overviews on the legal measures for nuclear disarmament currently being discussed in the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Taking Forward Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament, the Marshall Islands’ action in the International Court of Justice on the universal nuclear disarmament obligation, and other interesting examples of legal action in this area including the initiatives of the Japanese Bar Association.

The morning discussion was tailored to International Organizations and to prepare the afternoon, addressed to government representatives.