MAPW International law and treaties Dr Peter Wigg 2014


The international nuclear non proliferation treaty has failed over several decades to bring about its stated eventual aim of eliminating nuclear weapons. MAPW offshoot ICANi (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons) has made remarkable progress, however, towards the establishment of an international treaty simply banning the possession and use of nuclear weapons, similar to those for other weapons of mass destruction. The nuclear weapons possessing countries are unlikely to subscribe to such a treaty initially, but it may gain the support of almost every other state, bringing pressure to bear on those who do not sign.

This MAPW fact sheet gives an outline of the establishment and function of international law and treaties, as a useful background to this unfolding drama.