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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Nuclear Weapons

P Sean Morris

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 21 April 2019

Subject(s):
Supremacy — Nuclear energy — War

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. A nuclear weapon (often referred to as an atomic bomb) exists in the arsenal of states as a means of deterrence to prevent war. As weapons of mass destruction , ‘nuclear weapons are explosive devices whose energy results from the fusion or fission of the atom [and] have the potential to destroy all civilization and the entire ecosystem of the planet’ (see Advisory Opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons (1996) 226 para. 35; see also Annex II of Protocol No. III on the Control of Armaments (23 October 1954) ; see also Nuclear Weapons...
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