On October 5, the International Court of Justice dismissed the Marshall Islands’ nuclear nonproliferation litigation for lack of jurisdiction. The judgments subtly critiqued the island nation for its emotionally-driven media ploy, nearly void of legal merit. While the majority opinions read predictably, slim vote margins reveal a surprisingly close call.
Katherine Maddox Davis is a lawyer. She earned her law degree from Emory University, where she was Editor-in-Chief of Emory International Law Review and an ICTY intern in The Hague. Davis began studying nuclear proliferation while earning a master’s degree in Contemporary India at Oxford University. Prior to graduate school, she earned a Political Science degree from Auburn University and worked for attorneys in Kolkata.
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As the fourth Nuclear Security Summit gets underway, a nuclear sideshow quietly plods along. The Marshall Islands’ ten-part legal offensive against states which possess nuclear weapons, launched in April 2014, is finally proceeding beyond initial filings.