Key Nuclear Abolition Documentation


A Global Law to Ban Nuclear Weapons”, Briefing Paper, by Dr. John Burroughs, June 2011, published by The Middle Powers Initiative.

Toward a Nuclear Weapons Convention: A Role for Canada, April 11 & 12, 2011, Briefing Paper, Presentations and final Report. Recommendations in English.

Vers une convention d’interdiction des armes nucléaires : un rôle pour le Canada, Conférence d’experts, 11 et 12 avril 2011, Ottawa, Canada, Recommandations des groupes commanditaires en francais

Charles J. Moxley, Jr., John Burroughs, & Jonathan Granoff, “Nuclear Weapons and Compliance with International Humanitarian Law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty”, Volume 34, Issue 2 (Spring 2011), Fordham International Law Journal.

Media release entitled “Experts Declare Nuclear Weapons contrary to International Law”, issued by The Simons Foundation and  the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms.

The Vancouver Declaration:  Law’s Imperative for the Urgent Achievement of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World” developed with the input of a conference convened February 10-11, 2011, in Vancouver, Canada, by The Simons Foundation and the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, entitled “Humanitarian Law, Human Security: The Emerging Framework for the Non-Use and Elimination of Nuclear Weapons,” in acknowledgement of the Simons Chairs in International Law and Human Security at Simon Fraser University.

Weapons: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) statement to the United Nations, 2010   

Same document in French:  Déclaration du CICR aux Nations Unies sur les armes, 2010    13-10-2010 Déclaration

Unanimous motions passed by the Canadian Senate (June 2, 2010) and the Canadian House of Commons (under "Routine Proceedings") (December 7, 2010) encouraging "the Government of Canada to engage in negotiations for a Nuclear Weapons Convention as proposed by the United Nations Secretary-General...” and “... to deploy a major world-wide Canadian diplomatic initiative in support of preventing nuclear proliferation and increasing the rate of nuclear disarmament”.

Practical Steps to Zero Nuclear Weapons Conference, January 26, 2010, Briefing paper, media releases and final report.

The Atlanta Consultation III:  Fulfilling the NPT, report of the meeting of the Middle Powers Initiative.

Good Faith Negotiations leading to the Total Elimination of Nuclear weapons: Request for an Advisory Opinion from the ICJ; Legal Memorandum, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and International Human Rights Conic at Harvard Law School, May 2009.

Restoring Canada’s Nuclear Disarmament Policies, Expert Seminar, Feb. 3rd & 4th, 2008, Final report and Statement.

Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legality of the threat or use of nuclear weapons - July 8, 1996

Canada and the Nuclear Challenge:  April 19, 1999.  This is the most recent Government of Canada policy statement issued in response to the White Paper produced by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on nuclear weapons.

Statement on Nuclear Weapons by International Generals and Admirals - Dec 5, 1996

International Civilian Leaders Statement

Statement of Hope in a Year of Opportunity:  Seeking a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World ,  Statement by the World Council of Churches

General Lee Butler (former head, US Strategic Air Command) remarks on “The Risks of Deterrence:  From superpowers to rogue leaders” National Press Club, February 2, 1998.

General Butler, former head, US Strategic Air Command,  address to the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, March 1999