THE CRIMINALITY OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE
Francis A. Boyle
Foreword by Philip Berrigan
0-932863-33-7 • $14.95 • 216 pp.
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|Philip Berrigan began nonviolent resistance to U.S. wars in 1966, breaking laws legalizing
the Vietnam war. He spent 11 of the last 35 years serving prison sentences related to his
peace activism. He participated in six Plowshares witnesses, and published eight books
on nonviolent issues and war and peace. He lectured on modern war and peace,
nuclearism and interventionary war in most of the American States, and across Canada
and Western Europe. Along with Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan was nominated for the
Nobel Peace Prize six times
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
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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