The Significance of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987

(2017) NZLJ 295

4 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2017

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: September 2017

Abstract

The Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 was an important statement of New Zealand’s determination to stand up for a principle in which its people believed-that New Zealand should be free from the nuclear weapons. This article based on a speech given at the New Zealand Parliament on the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the legislation. It sets out the background to the passage of the legislation, the political developments that led to it and the significant dispute that arose over it with the United States. It traces developments since then up to and including the admission of United States military vessels to New Zealand ports in 2016 under the provisions of the legislation. It concludes with some discussion of the United Nations Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons agreed in New York on 8 July 2017 and the prospects for its ratification.

Keywords: Nuclear Free, New Zealand, Disarmament, Arms Control

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K19, K3, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, The Significance of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 (September 2017). (2017) NZLJ 295. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3043099

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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