Jus ad Bellum: nuclear weapons and the inherent right of self-defence

Grimal, Francis (2016) Jus ad Bellum: nuclear weapons and the inherent right of self-defence. In: Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law Volume II - Verification and Compliance. Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, 2 . T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague, pp. 337-350. ISBN 9789462650749

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The lawfulness of a State’s recourse to the ‘nuclear option’ as a means of self-defence is still a discussion which, sits uncomfortably amongst most scholars, partly, because the seminal advisory opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons delivered by the International Court of Justice in 1996 remains shrouded in legal uncertainty and, perhaps more importantly, because the threshold needed to lawfully invoke the doctrine of self-defence is set so high, and rightly so. Only under exceptional circumstances would a State meet the cardinal requirements of ‘necessity’ and ‘proportionality’. The use of a nuclear weapon as a means of self-defence lies at the very edge of the spectrum. That is not to say that recourse to conventional weapons automatically fulfils the necessity and proportionality requirements.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Necessity, Proportionality, Conventional Weapons, Nuclear Weapons, Self-defence
Subjects: K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: School of Law
Depositing User: Malcolm Meaden-Pratt
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2019 09:38
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2019 09:38
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/434

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