In 1992 IPB organised the launch in Geneva of the World Court Project, a worldwide peace movement effort to bring the issue of the legal status of nuclear weapons to the International Court of Justice. The WCP itself built on the work of our former President Sean MacBride, who promoted the London Nuclear Warfare Tribunal (1985) and the Lawyers Appeal on the Illegality of Nuclear Weapons (1992). Following a General Assembly resolution, the initiative was successful and the Court delivered its verdict in July 1996, just over 20 years ago. Much has happened since then.
We are delighted to see the outcome of the International Peoples’ Tribunal on Nuclear Weapons and the Destruction of Human Civilisation, which develops further the work done by MacBride and our colleagues in IALANA and other organisations. We were sad to learn of the death of Prof. Peter King (photo) following the Tribunal hearings.