Clinic Celebrates Nuclear Ban Entering into Force
January 30, 2021
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by Dana Walters Today, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons enters into force. What exactly does this mean? All of…
Confronting conflict pollution
October 1, 2020
by Dana Walters
via Harvard Law Today Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto Between 1946 and 1958, the United States conducted 67 nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands,…
A living witness to nuclear dystopia
October 15, 2019
Via Harvard Law Today By Juan Siliezar First came a flash. Thirteen-year-old Setsuko Nakamura felt as if she were drifting skyward. And then darkness.
In Q&A, Bonnie Docherty discusses humanitarian disarmament
October 10, 2019
Credit: Ari Beser Bonnie Docherty (far right) in 2017 at a UN negotiating session. Via Harvard Law Today By Daniel Moubayed ’20 Reducing the…
Clinic Celebrates First Year of the ACCPI
September 30, 2019
Via Human Rights @ Harvard Law By Nicolette Waldman The Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative (ACCPI) recently completed its first full year,…
Human Rights Program’s 2018-2019 Annual Report
September 12, 2019
Via HRP We are delighted to present HRP’s 2018-2019 Annual Report. The report showcases the global reach and impact of the Human Rights Program…
Human Rights Program Summer 2019 Highlights
September 5, 2019
Via HRP Human rights work doesn’t stop for the summer. HRP staff, however, do take a moment to pause and regroup, taking the necessary…
Paras Shah ’19, fostering inclusion and creativity in human rights
September 3, 2019
Via Harvard Law Today By: Elaine McArdle Source: Harvard Law Today Paras Shah’s approach to human rights centers on inclusion. In his four…
Clinic Reports Show Benefits of Joining the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty Outweigh Concerns
May 10, 2019
Via the International Human Rights Clinic Source: Pixabay By: Bonnie Docherty As countries engage in national debates about joining the 2017 treaty banning nuclear…
Report: Australia Should Join Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty
December 17, 2018
Via the International Human Rights Clinic Source: Pixabay Australia’s alliance with the United States need not stand in the way of Australia joining the…
Clinic, Human Rights Watch Call for Urgent Action on Incendiary Weapons
November 16, 2018
Via the International Human Rights Law Clinic Source: Pixabay Countries at an upcoming United Nations disarmament conference, faced with evidence of 30 new incendiary…
As preparations for a US-North Korea summit highlight the ongoing threat posed by nuclear weapons, proponents of nuclear disarmament should increase their support for the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). Momentum has been building. In May alone, three more countries ratified the treaty, bringing the total to 10; another 48 have signed. In addition, several countries have initiated national processes that represent an important step toward coming on board. In this context, the Clinic is releasing two papers demonstrating why it is legally possible for even allies of nuclear armed states to join the TPN.
Understanding Victim Assistance and Environmental Remediation under the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
April 10, 2018
The humanitarian impact of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) depends on both its comprehensive ban on nuclear weapons and its obligations to assist victims and remediate the environment affected by use and testing. The former aims to prevent future harm, while the latter addresses harm that has already occurred. The Clinic is releasing new papers on victim assistance and environmental remediation in order to increase awareness of these elements of the treaty.
Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead
March 22, 2018
From Harvard Law Today—Drawing on their own involvement in creating international law, conference participants reflected on the development of the humanitarian disarmament movement, which strives to end civilian suffering caused by inhumane and indiscriminate weapons, and discussed where the movement should go from here.
The Nobel Peace Prize Celebrations: Recognition and Reinvigoration for Humanitarian Disarmament Advocates
January 3, 2018
From International Human Rights Clinic—The award honors ICAN for having “given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour.” In particular, the prize recognizes the civil society coalition’s “ground-breaking” work to realize a treaty banning nuclear weapons.
Clinic and HRW Document Use of Incendiary Weapons by Coalition of Syrian Government and Russian Forces
November 21, 2017
From International Human Rights Clinic—Countries should respond to reports of new use of incendiary weapons in Syria by working to strengthen the international law governing these exceptionally cruel weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Beyond the Nobel Peace Prize
November 3, 2017
From Harvard Gazette—When a Norwegian committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its work behind a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, 3,500 miles away six people at Harvard cheered loudly.
Staff Reflection: Remembering Someone I Never Knew
October 30, 2017
From International Human Rights Clinic—Although I never met Carl Thorne-Thomsen, I’ve known about him for as long as I can remember. I distinctly recall driving down the road to my grandparents’ home in Lake Forest, IL, as my mother told me about her close high school friend who had died in Vietnam.