#International Law

New Book: Peace and Reconciliation in International and Islamic Law

“Peace and Reconciliation in International and Islamic Law” explores the synergies and the differences between the two systems of international and Islamic law in the area conflict resolution focusing on selected conflict theatres around the world; along with interfacing with international humanitarian norms, human rights standards, treaties, best practice vis a vis exploring innovative concepts such as theo-diplomacy as means to attempting to facilitate a peaceful resolution to a conflict.

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Law not war: A reflection on the life and work of Benjamin B. Ferencz, 1920-2023

Solidarity is not only a feeling of unity and mutual support. It is also action to develop the structures a human community needs for their shared dignity and mutual support. This is an account of how one person, Benjamin B. Ferencz, used his experience, talents, and skills to develop and promote the international legal framework needed to support global solidarity for human dignity and to prevent crimes against humanity.

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Ben Ferencz, the last living Nuremberg prosecutor of Nazis, has died at 103

The Global Campaign and its participants who knew him, mourn the passing of Ben Ferencz on April 7. He brought his experience as prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials to a lifelong active commitment to peace and was a staunch supporter of peace education. A more detailed tribute will be posted in the near future.

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Nuclear Weapons and the Ukraine War: A Declaration of Concern

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation supports the call for a broad-scale civil society movement for nuclear abolition and puts forward a proposal to convene a civil society tribunal to address violations of international law flouted by nuclear possessing states. We encourage peace educators to read the declaration to support inquiry into the potential of a civil society tribunal.

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Law as an Instrument of Peace: “War Criminals: War Victims”

This article by Betty Reardon is the third in a series exploring Betty’s 6 decades of peacelearning: a review of her publications in development of theories, pedagogies, curricula, and teacher preparation in peace education. In this post, Betty comments on “War Criminals, War Victims,” a world order study unit for senior secondary grades from the “Crises in World Order Series” published in 1974. Betty’s commentary explores the “Shimoda case,” and raises issues of the legality of nuclear weapons and the standing of individual citizens in international law. She links this case to contemporary efforts to apply international law to the abolition of nuclear weapons. The case and collateral materials used together could open inquiry into the role of law in, and citizen responsibility for the disarmament and peace movements at upper secondary and lower tertiary levels.

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Legal Limits on Presidential Power to Launch Nuclear Strike

The Global Campaign for Peace Education, concerned about the current nuclear crisis and the continued neglect of the possibilities of law to reduce the frequency and severity of international violence, is undertaking to offer ideas and proposals that inspire consideration of such possibilities. We begin the offerings with observations on executive power to initiate a nuclear strike by a distinguished international lawyer and peace activist, Peter Weiss.

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