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WHO asks world court's opinion on nuclear weapons

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.469 (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:469

The International Court of Justice in the Hague will have to rule on the legitimacy in international law of nuclear weapons after a request from the World Health Organisation. The world court, as it is also known, is the judicial wing of the United Nations and, as such, the highest international court in the world, although it is not recognised by all countries.

The case, beginning on 30 October, will answer WHO's question: “In view of the health and environmental effects, would the use of nuclear weapons by a state in war or …

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