Nuclear weapons strategy in the United States is designed around “presidential first use,” an arrangement that enables one man, the president, to kill and maim many millions of people in a single afternoon. What legal or philosophical principle differentiates the moral harm or moral wrong that would be attributed to a terrorist, non-state actor or hacker who delivered a nuclear weapon from a presidential launch of a nuclear weapon? The conference will bring together international and constitutional scholars and statesmen to examine the nature of presidential first use in the United States, as well as parallel arrangements in the other eight nuclear states.
To register for the conference, visit: http://masspeaceaction.org/event/presidential-first-use/
Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale Law School
Former Executive Director of Bulletin of Atomic Scientists; University of Chicago
Former Missile Launch Officer; Princeton University
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health
Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
Director, the United Nations Office of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms
Professor of International Affairs and Anthropology, The George Washington University
Congressman for the 2nd District of Massachusetts
Co-director of the Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University
Former US Secretary of Defense (1994-1997); Stanford University
Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value, Harvard University
Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cosponsored with Harvard’s Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities, Mass Peace Action, Mass Peace Action Education Fund, American Friends Service Committee, Council for A Livable World, Future of Life Institute, World beyond War, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Boston Review.