From 5 – 6 June 2012, International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) convened a roundtable discussion in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), in order to discuss the potential role of African States and civil society in the efforts to prohibit nuclear weapons, building on their experiences in other campaigns and multilateral processes. The aim of this roundtable discussion was to explore what roles African states, institutions, and civil society can take in efforts to establish a global ban on nuclear weapons and to discuss the applicability of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the importance of a focus on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in this regard.
A discussion paper was circulated prior to the roundtable discussion. For more information on the roundtable discussion, please see the Chairperson’s summary. The background paper An introduction to the issue of Nuclear Weapons in Africa provides an overview of the issue of nuclear weapons in Africa, with particular emphasis on the process that led to the establishment of an African nuclear-weapon-free zone.