Peace Protest, State and Law

  • Abdul Paliwala


The involvement of law in peace action has to be understood as part of wider political strategies both on the part of states and of peace movements. Peace movements are not monolithic, but are coalitions of different interests and perspectives united on the single issue of nuclear weapons. There is a great difference between the marches and demonstrations which for the majority of activists constitute peace action, the conferences and pamphleteering of professional organisations, petitions to the Queen and courts, the ‘passive resistance’ of Quakers involved in their refusal to pay taxes, and the ‘revolutionary non-violence’ (Rebecca Johnson in Chapter 10 of this volume) of the Peace Women of Greenham and other peace camps.


Nuclear Weapon Civil Defence Jury Trial Genocide Convention Cruise Missile 
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© Warwick Legal Defence Trust 1986

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