Human Dimensions and Perspectives in a Nuclear World: Legal Issues of Non-Proliferation, Disarmament and the Right to Nuclear Energy

Oct. 12-13, 2017
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


Crossroads Baker 21 kilotons, Bikini Atoll July 24, 1946. (Image, Public Domain: United States Department of Defense)

Conference Overview

“Nuclear weapons are deemed the most dangerous weapons on earth today.  One device could destroy an entire city or region, potentially killing millions of people, causing devastating effects for survivors and leaving long-term consequences on the natural environment….
More than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted to date and some 22,000 devices exist today… the development of nuclear technology has transformed the world posing overwhelming challenges regarding international peace and security and arguably is the greatest threat to human security.”

 – Jonathan Black-Branch, Nuclear Terrorism by States and Non-State Actors: Global Responses to Threats to Military and Human Security in International Law.  Journal of Conflict & Security Law (2017) 1-48. Oxford University Press.


Robson Hall, Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba, together with the Committee on Nuclear Weapons, Non-Proliferation and Contemporary International Law of the International Law Association (ILA), in conjunction with the Round Table Strategic Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law, is hosting a conference to consider the human dimensions of the use of nuclear energy both in peacetime and times of armed conflict. Topics will include a wide range of legal issues regarding nuclear developments taking into consideration social, political and economic matters.

Confirmed Guest Speakers include:
John Burroughs, Executive Director, Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy; Director, UN Office of International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Bruce Curran, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Dieter Fleck, Former Director of International Agreements and Policy of the German Ministry of Defence
Ann Frisch, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Senior Adviser, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Peace Education Committee, Rotarian Action Group for Peace
Seth Hoedl, Chief Science Officer, Post Road Foundation
Amar Khoday, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Andrew Lichterman, Western States Legal Foundation
Jenifer Mackby, Senior Fellow, Federation of American Scientists
Darcy MacPherson, Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
David Marrani, Director of the Jersey Legal Institute
Daniel Rietiker, Senior Lecturer of International Law, University of Lausanne
Gabriella Venturini, Professor Emerita, University of Milan, Italy President, Italian Branch of the International Law Association

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For more information, please contact Christine Mazur: 204-480-1452