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The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence Paperback – April 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0932863331 ISBN-10: 0932863337 Edition: First Edition
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This book is likely to be one of the most authoritative and significant books addressing the urgent issue of the renewed global nuclear arms race.

About the Author

As a leading American professor,practitioner and advocate of international law, Francis A.Boyle is uniquely qualified to address the issue of nuclear deterrence. Twenty years of anti-nuclear advocacy have earned him what may be the world's best track record for anti-nuclear acquittals. Recently,his testimony persuaded a Scottish Judge in the UK to direct a verdict against the UK Trident 2. Through his exacting international legal analysis,prolific writings and tireless advocacy, he has succeeded in establishing the illegality of nuclear weapons and nuclear deterrence, reflected in the recent World Court Advisory Opinion of 1996.

Francis A. Boyle's long, distinguished and multi-faceted career has included: responsibility for drafting the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention; lecturing on nuclear weapons and international law to the U.S. military at West Point and to Soviet and foreign lawyers through two lecture tours sponsored by the Lawyers'Committee on Nuclear Policy and the Association of Soviet Lawyers; and representing the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina before the International Court of Justice(1993-94), where he won two World Court Orders against the rump Yugoslavia to cease and desist from committing all acts of genocide.

Boyle has also served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992); as Legal Advisor to the Palestine Liberation Organization on the Creation of the State of Palestine(1987-89) and to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations (1991-93), and as a Consultant to the American Friends Service Committee.

Professor Boyle teaches International Law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and is author, inter alia, of Defending Civil Resistance Under International Law, The Future of International Law and American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order: The Legalist Approach to International Relations 1898-1921, and The Bosnian People Charge Genocide. He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Clarity Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932863337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932863331
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,184,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Said Huber on October 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
...using nuclear weapons in "anticipatory action" against a (non-nuclear) "rogue enemy" may be justified, since nukes are "safe for civilians"...

Boyle's masterpiece on "The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence" will provide you with all necessary information on the history of nuclear insanity and on the relevant international law (from the Hague Conventions through the Nürnberg Principles to the World Court Advisory Opinion). Boyle's easily accessible book confirms the invaluable work on the same topic done by leading peace activists, like Prof. Michel Chossudovsky, Prof. Jorge Hirsch, Dr. Helen Caldicott and others (see: [...]).

Beyond any reasonable doubt this book is a MUST READ for all human beings with something called "conscience". Hopefully also attorneys, judges, diplomats and all civilian and military personnel (who frame and carry out U.S. nuclear policies) will discover that precious jewel called "conscience" and read "The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence" - the title just says it!).

"The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence" would deserve 7* if a free DVD of "Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" was added.

Said Huber, attorney/Major of the Swiss Armed Forces (Military Supreme Court)

PS: to comprehend fully the GRAVITY of nuclear insanity, please study: Ismael Hossein-Zadeh, Political Economy of U.S. Militarism, Palgrave MacMillan 2006, 296 pages.
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