On April 2nd, Peace Boat US joined a special event honoring Peter Weiss at the Downtown Community Television Center. Peter Weiss served as president of the Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy (LCNP) for 32 years, since it’s conception in 1981.
LCNP played a key role in the 1996 advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, which held unanimously that there exists an obligation to negotiate in good faith for the total abolition of nuclear weapons. The forum examined the current state of the law on nuclear weapons and what needs to be done to bring the obligation to fruition.
“Peter Weiss’ career is an impressive record of service – service to the rule of law, to his New York community, to his country and above all to the international community where he led many causes – most notably the cause of nuclear disarmament – with moral principle, academic rigour and unbending courage.
Deeply committed to the rule of law, Peter worked tirelessly in the US Congress, in the courts of law and with the media to ensure that nuclear weapons were abolished… His contribution will remain an inspiration to us all and his counsel will continue to be sought as the campaign for the elimination of nuclear weapons continues.” — Jayanth Dhanaphala, Kandy
Jayantha Dhanapala is President of the Pugwash Conferences on Science & World Affairs, former UN Under-Sectretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the USA and to the UN Office at Geneva.