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We can all agree with the contributors to this volume that nuclear weapons present the threat of unimaginable devastation that could bring an end to civilization and even to life on this planet. The grim calculations and stark images come back again and again, but they cannot be repeated too often: over 50,000 weapons in the United States and Soviet arsenals, each with a destructive force dwarfing the explosions at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; radiation effects producing indescribable suffering and death; environmental damage that defies quantification or prediction; the specter of nuclear winter rendering the earth uninhabitable. No rational being can ponder this threat and be indifferent to the urgency of seeking ways to end it. In this spirit, Nuclear Weapons and Law challenges the legal profession to bring all its talents and tools to bear in the struggle against the nuclear menace.


Constitutional Law | International Law | Law | Military, War, and Peace


Nuclear Weapons and Law, edited by Arthur Selwyn Miller and Martin Feinrider, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1984, pp. xiii, 415, $39.95.

This article originally appeared in 86 Colum. L. Rev. 653 (1986). Reprinted by permission.