UK revokes ICJ jurisdiction over its nuclear weapons

UK revokes ICJ jurisdiction over its nuclear weapons

The UK has quietly revoked the compulsory jurisdiction of the ICJ over issues relating to nuclear weapons, making direct reference to the Marshall Islands case.

It begs the question of what right the UK would have to tell other states to subscribe and adhere to international law and standards around nuclear weapons and nuclear disarmament, if it won’t do so itself. What incentives, for example, do states like North Korea or Israel have to join the legal global governance regimes, which we rely on for our security?

For more detail see this article by BASICs Sebastian Brixey-Williams.