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‘We Have To Give Up Business As Usual’: Anti-Nuclear Protests and the Construction of a Defence of ‘Legitimate Civil Resistance’

  • Amar Khoday
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Abstract

Over many decades, individuals and groups have protested the use of nuclear energy as well as the proliferation and continued possession of nuclear armaments. When faced with criminal prosecution, many have sought acquittals via the necessity defence or through jury nullification. The use of the necessity defence and jury nullification has had some minimal to very modest success in some jurisdictions. Furthermore, there are considerable shortcomings related to these devices. This chapter argues that a new defence should be formulated to provide viable and appropriate protection for those engaged in “legitimate civil resistance” and fleshes out the elements of this new protection.

Keywords

Civil Resistance Criminal Law Defences Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Jury Nullification Necessity Protests 

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© T.M.C. Asser press and the authors 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of LawUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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