International Court restricts use of nuclear weapons

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:73

The International Court of Justice has laid down severe constraints on the use of nuclear weapons but has failed to rule them illegal. The landmark opinion from the United Nation's principal legal organ followed pressure from the UN General Assembly and the World Health Organisation to rule on the legality of the threat of nuclear weapons.

The Court said that nuclear weapons can be used only in accord with existing …

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