Why is it illegal to own a nuke?
The idea of a private citizen owning a nuclear weapon is prohibited by the economic law of supply and demand.
What are the arguments for and against nuclear weapons?
Arguments against nuclear weapons
- Their destructive power is immense and long lasting. Even countries that have nothing to do with the war will be badly affected.
- They are very costly to develop and maintain.
- There is no effective protection against them, nor can people control who has access to them.
Can an individual own a nuke?
Almost certainly, there is no such right. It’s illegal under 18 USC 831 to possess “nuclear material” without specific authorization. 18 USC 832 forbids the possession of a “radiological weapon”.
Is the use of nuclear weapons legal under international law?
The legality of nuclear weapons under international law remains hotly contested. In fact, the 1996 Advisory Opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons raised as many questions as it answered, while in some respects the state of relevant international law has evolved since 1996.
Can a nuclear weapon be used in self-defence?
This body of law, which regulates the interstate use of force, would allow weapons, potentially including nuclear weapons, to be used in self-defence against an armed attack. To do so, the law would judge the necessity for the use of force and whether the force that was used was proportionate to the aim of repelling the attack.
Who is the author of nuclear weapons under international law?
It is based on Nuclear Weapons Under International Law, edited by Gro Nystuen, Annie Golden Bersagel and Stuart Casey-Maslen, and published by Cambridge University Press in August 2014.
How are nuclear weapons related to human rights?
The positive obligations required under human rights law to ensure the proper respect of such law means that human rights courts insist that the law be effective, and not theoretical. Any use of nuclear weapons will, therefore, result in concrete human rights violations that are justiciable.