1st Edition

The 2017 Nuclear Ban Treaty
A New Path to Nuclear Disarmament

ISBN 9781138393547
Published November 13, 2018 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

Rising concern over the increasing threat of nuclear war impelled the 2017 United Nations (UN) negotiations and adoption by 122 UN member states of a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. The Treaty seeks to ban nuclear weapons globally in the same way chemical and biological weapons have already been prohibited. This book provides the first in-depth comprehensive analysis of the implications and possibilities of the new treaty, drawing on the insights of international relations, international laws, and disarmament experts and specialists from Europe, America, the Asia-Pacific, and the UN. In a context where existing nuclear weapon states have so far declined to be party to the new treaty, the book examines not only its emergence and significance but also the prospects and possibilities for its implementation, the challenges associated with verifying the new agreement, the role of both civil society and governments, and the treaty’s wider implications in addressing regional and global nuclear threats.

This book was originally published as a special issue of Global Change, Peace & Security but additionally includes the special section articles on the treaty in the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament.

Table of Contents


Rethinking the path to nuclear disarmament Joseph A. Camilleri, Michael Hamel-Green and Fumihiko Yoshida

Part 1: Nuclear Ban Treaty: Rationale and Significance

1. Obstacles to understanding the emergence and significance of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons John Borrie, Michael Spies and Wilfred Wan

2. A ‘light for all humanity’: the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons and the progress of humanitarian disarmament Bonnie Docherty

3. The diplomacy of resistance: power, hegemony and nuclear disarmament Nick Ritchie and Kjølv Egeland

4. Stigmatizing and Delegitimizing Nuclear Weapons Mitsuru Kurosawa

5. A Strategic Plan for Nuclear Disarmament: Engineering a Perfect Political Storm Randy Rydell

Part 2: The Role of Civil Society

6. Negotiating the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons and the role of ICAN Tilman Ruff

7. The ICRC and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement: Working Towards a Nuclear-Free World since 1945 Linh Schroeder

8. Why youth and feminist activism matters: insights from anti-nuclear campaigns in practice Lisa Carson

9. Impacts of the nuclear ban: how outlawing nuclear weapons is changing the world Ray Acheson

Part 3: Verification

10. Verification and security of transformation to a nuclear-weapon-free world: the framework of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Jürgen Scheffran

11. An international monitoring system for verification to support both the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons and the nonproliferation treaty Tamara Patton

Part 4: National and Regional Perspectives

12. Japan and the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: The Wrong Side of History, Geography, Legality, Morality, and Humanity Ramesh Thakur

13. Ban Treaty: will it abolish nuclear weapons? A Japanese perspective Nobuyasu Abe

14. Nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament at the crossroads – a Mongolian perspective Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan

15. The implications of the 2017 UN Nuclear Prohibition Treaty for existing and proposed nuclear-weapon-free zones Michael Hamel-Green

Concluding Analysis

Nuclear Prohibition: The Long Journey Ahead Joseph A. Camilleri

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Joseph A. Camilleri Order of Australia Medal (OAM) is Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Dialogue at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia (2006-2012). He has authored some 20 books and over 100 book chapters and journal articles. His research has centred on security and peace studies, governance, international political economy, religion and culture, and the Asia-Pacific region. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Alexandria Agenda, Melbourne, Australia - a new venture in ethical consulting specialising in governance, diversity, and education.

Michael Hamel-Green is an Emeritus Professor and former Dean in the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia. His research has focused on regional nuclear-weapon-free-zones, nuclear non-proliferation, and multilateral negotiations. He is a Co-Chair of the Panel on Peace and Security in Northeast Asia at Nagasaki University’s Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition (RECNA), Japan; Chairperson of the Editorial Board of Global Change, Peace & Security; and Board Chairperson of the Australian Living Peace Museum, Australia.

Fumihiko Yoshida is a Professor and Vice Director of the RECNA at Nagasaki University, Japan. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. He was Deputy Director of the Editorial Board of the Asahi Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan. He served as a member of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation for Japan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo, Japan. He has a PhD in International Public Policy from Osaka University, Japan (2007).