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Volume 8, Issue 1.
In an atmosphere of growing public concern over the morality and politics of nuclear weapons, leading to claims that international law should restrict their possession and use, a careful legal analysis of this issue is helpful. In this article, Professor Alfred P. Rubin points out the similarities and the differences between concepts of morality, ... read morelaw and policy. He addresses the question of whether the mere possession of nuclear weapons is forbidden under existing law, and finds that it is not. Disagreeing with the U.S. government's official position that international law does not apply to the actual use of nuclear weapons, Rubin explains how policymakers should, and inevitably must, incorporate the rules of general international law into their decisions on the potential employment of nuclear weapons.