Nuclear Weapons: ICJ Ruling

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2001.

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asked Her Majesty's Government:

What was the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague on 8 July 1996 concerning the use of nuclear weapons.

Photo of Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean Minister of State (Middle East), Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister of State (Trade), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister for Trade and Investment and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also Department of Trade and Industry), Minister of State (Trade and Investment) Deputy Leader of the House of Lords (also FCO)

In its Advisory Opinion the International Court of Justice stated that it "cannot conclude definitively whether the threat or use of nuclear weapons would be lawful or unlawful in an extreme circumstance of self-defence, in which the very survival of a State would be at stake".

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