International Law

Nuclear Weapons and International Law 2020

November 12, 2020

National and International Leaders and Experts Address Conference on Nuclear Weapons and International Law Hosted by the New York State Bar Association International Section Co-Sponsored by the American Bar Association International Law Section

This virtual conference brings together leading public officials, thought-leaders, policymakers and domestic and international experts for a comprehensive analysis of international law in addressing the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons.

The conference on “Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Contemporary Era” will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020.  Presenters include:

  • Hon. Izumi Nakamitsu, United Nations Under Secretary General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs;
  • Hon. Dr. Christopher Ashley Ford, U.S. Ambassador, Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State;
  • Dr. Gloria C. Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club of California, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense;
  • Hon. Thomas Graham, Jr., former U.S. Special Representative for Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament; former General Counsel, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency;
  • Kathleen Lawand, Strategic Adviser to Director of International Law and Policy, International Committee of the Red Cross;
  • Hon. Jerry Brown, former California Governor and Executive Chairman, Bulletin of the       Atomic Scientists;
  • Patricia Lee Refo, President of the American Bar Association;
  • Jonathan Granoff,  President Global Security Institute, Chair Task Force on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Senior Advisor to the Committee on National Security of the American Bar Association International Law Section.

The ABA International Law Section has a history of promoting the rule of law in international affairs and especially in the area of arms control having championed ABA policy positions in support of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

“Public concern regarding the  risks nuclear weapons pose to the existence of civilization has decreased while the reality of the threat has dramatically increased. Law is an indispensable tool to constrain, reduce and eliminate this threat. That is why this conference is so important, “ said Mr. Granoff, a conference co-organizer.

Conference co- organizer Charles J. Moxley Jr., professor at Fordham Law School and author of Nuclear Weapons and International Law in the Post-Cold War World said,  “International law may well hold the world’s best prospect for addressing and getting ahead of the existential risks posed by nuclear weapons.”

Dr. John Burroughs, a conference co-organizer and expert on international law and Senior Analyst for Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy, said, “This conference will address whether the rule of law or the rule of power should shape policy on weapons that threaten humanity’s future.”

The conference is co-sponsored also by Fordham Law School, the Berkley Center for Religion Peace and World Affairs of Georgetown University, the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice and a number of committees of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association,  Global Security Institute,  Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy.

The virtual conference is free to all.
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