Dan Joyner (University of Alabama) The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

We are pleased to announce the first seminar of 2018 in the Dublin International Law Seminar Series (DILSS).  This seminar series, launched in 2017, is a joint initiative of UCD, TCD, DCU, Maynooth, the Irish Society of International Law, and the International Law Association (Irish Branch). 

The seminar will be given by Professor Dan Joyner of the University of Alabama. It will be held at 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 February at the National University of Ireland (NUI) offices at 49 Merrion Square, Dublin.


Further details below.


If you have any queries about the series or are interested in presenting your research in the coming months, please contact Richard Collins at r.collins@ucd.ie



The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

 Professor Dan Joyner (Alabama)




On July 7, 2017 a vote was held by a United Nations treaty conference to adopt the final text of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) – the first multilateral treaty on nuclear weapons disarmament to be concluded since 1968.  The TPNW’s adoption is therefore an event of generational significance.  However, all nine states currently known to possess nuclear weapons have indicated that they will not accede to membership in the new treaty. Is the TPNW therefore an exercise in useless idealism, as its critics claim? Or is it, as its proponents suggest, the expression of ascendance of an important norm of both morality and law which rejects nuclear weapons as an existential threat to humanity?


About the Speaker


Dan Joyner is the Elton B. Stephens Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.  He has published widely on issues of international nuclear nonproliferation law, including the monographs International Law and the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Oxford University Press, 2009), Interpreting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Iran’s Nuclear Program and International Law: From Confrontation to Accord (2016).