Via Harvard Law Today

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), with which Harvard’s International Human Rights Clinic collaborated during the negotiations of a nuclear weapons ban treaty, received the Nobel Peace Prize today. The honor reflects international recognition of the humanitarian approach to disarmament, a movement that strives to minimize civilian suffering from inhumane weapons.

Members of the Harvard team (second to right), including Bonnie Docherty, Anna Crowe, and Lan Mei ’17, in a negotiating session of the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Credit: Ralf Schlesener
Members of the Harvard team (second to right), including Bonnie Docherty, Anna Crowe, and Lan Mei ’17, in a negotiating session of the new treaty to ban nuclear weapons.

Over the past decade, ICAN has changed the course of nuclear disarmament by shifting the focus from national security to the catastrophic humanitarian and environmental consequences these weapons cause.  Their work and the invaluable advocacy of survivors of nuclear weapons used in conflict and testing helped lead to an international ban on the weapons this summer.

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