8 July 1996 | ICJ Rules on Nuclear Weapons

8 July 1996

The International Court of Justice hands down an advisory opinion in which it found that the threat or use of nuclear weapons would generally be contrary to international law, but the court could not conclude if the use of nuclear weapons would be lawful or unlawful in the case of “extreme circumstance of self-defence, in which the very survival of a state would be at stake”.