The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons: Challenges for International Law and Security

  • Dieter FleckEmail author


The adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 7 July 2017 (with a vote of 122-1-1, in which no nuclear-armed State participated) may be understood on the background of existing failures to implement disarmament obligations under the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT); the lack of universality of the NPT; and increasing concerns on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons that unfolded over the past years. While it may be still too early for a lasting assessment whether the new Treaty may ultimately contribute to reaching the goal of a world without nuclear weapons and whether it has the potential to gain global acceptance over time, a comprehensive evaluation of existing legal controversies, certain textual deficiencies of the new Treaty, and its foreseeable impact on international security is both necessary and timely. International lawyers have an important contribution to make in this regard.


Humanitarian Impact Nuclear Ban Nuclear Disarmament Nuclear Tests Nuclear Weapons Disarmament Verification 


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  1. 1.CologneGermany

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