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Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons, Advisory Opinion, ICJ GL No 95, [1996] ICJ Rep 226, ICGJ 205 (ICJ 1996), 8th July 1996, International Court of Justice [ICJ]



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Whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons was in any circumstances permitted in international law.

Whether it would be lawful in the extreme circumstances of self-defence in which state survival would be at stake.

Keywords: Armed conflict; Customary international law; Disarmament; Genocide; Human rights, right to life; International courts and tribunals, jurisdiction; International humanitarian law, conduct of hostilities; International humanitarian law, military necessity; International humanitarian law, principle of distinction; International humanitarian law, proportionality; Negotiations and consultation; Neutrality and non-alignment; Self-defence; Use of force, prohibition; Weapons, nuclear

Legal Material.  156064 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Environmental Law ; Public International Law ; International Law ; Law

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