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The legal relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States of America with regard to nuclear weapons

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dc.contributor.author Naidoo R en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T06:35:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T06:35:55Z
dc.date.submitted 1993 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/5790
dc.description.abstract Part I of this dissertation considers the status of the US visiting forces. It includes a discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements relating to nuclear weapons. Of particular interest is the issue of the legal status of the classified US/UK agreement with regard to the use of US-owned nuclear weapons deployed in the UK. Part ii examines the legal status of nuclear weapons. There is a brief discussion of the salient issues raised in international law, in particular, customary international law relating to the laws of war; the traditional principles of the laws of war; and treaties relevant to nuclear weapons; state responsibility arising from the use of nuclear weapons as well as state responsibility resulting from radiological harm caused by nuclear weapons accidents, nuclear weapons tests and the decommissioning of nuclear submarines. This discussion is followed by a more detailed analysis of the legal status of nuclear weapons in domestic law. In addition, there is an analysis of legal obstacles which might prevent legal proceedings being instituted in the UK. Next, there is a consideration of jurisdictional questions arising from the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons accidents. Finally, environmental offences and torts are discussed. Part iii focuses on territorial sovereignty and the US Military use of land in the UK. Prominence is given to the right of access to common land. Part iv continues the theme of the Ministry of Defence bye-laws which were employed to provide security at us military bases and other military facilities. The legality of the Ministry of Defence bye-laws is examined at length. The final section considers briefly security measures employed on behalf of the executive in the interests on National Security, such as surveillance and interception of communications by police and the security service; informal restrictions on the media (D notices); and official secrecy in relation to the disclosure of information by public employees. All these measures have had a significant role in the erosion of civil liberties. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Law en
dc.subject Public international law en
dc.title The legal relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States of America with regard to nuclear weapons en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree PhD en


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