The status of nuclear deterrence under international law in light of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Show simple item record Casey-Maslen, Stuart 2021-07-29T06:32:07Z 2021-07-29T06:32:07Z 2020
dc.description.abstract Nuclear deterrence is not illegal under international law but is being delegitimised, in part as a result of the adoption of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty prohibits not only possession, control over, threat of use, and use of nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices; it also precludes a state party from encouraging and assisting anyone to engage in such prohibited activities. Moreover, artificial intelligence, offensive cyber operations, and enhanced non-nuclear weapons with strategic impact are combining to render nuclear deterrents ineffective while greatly increasing the risks of unintended or accidental use. Conflict in February 2019 between two nuclear-armed states, India and Pakistan, has shown the dangers and frailties of nuclear deterrence. Nonetheless, nuclear-armed states are engaging in major nuclear weapon modernisation programmes, resulting in a new nuclear arms race. This new race is characterised by the development and deployment of hypersonic missiles containing multiple independently targetable warheads as well as by variable-yield nuclear weapons. Nuclear disarmament, which was negotiated by statesmen at the height of the Cold War, is urgently needed. en_ZA
dc.description.department Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Casey-Maslen S. (2020) The Status of Nuclear Deterrence Under International Law in Light of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In: Gill T., Geiß R., Krieger H., Paulussen C. (eds) Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, Volume 21 (2018). Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law, vol 21. T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-94-6265-343-6
dc.identifier.issn 978-94-6265-342-9
dc.identifier.issn 1389-1359 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1574-096X (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1007/978-94-6265-343-6_2
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher T.M.C. Asser Press en_ZA
dc.rights © T.M.C. Asser Press and the authors 2020 en_ZA
dc.subject Nuclear weapons en_ZA
dc.subject Nuclear deterrence en_ZA
dc.subject Treaty prohibition en_ZA
dc.subject Nuclear disarmament en_ZA
dc.subject International humanitarian law en_ZA
dc.subject Conventional weapons en_ZA
dc.title The status of nuclear deterrence under international law in light of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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