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New Zealand at the International Court of Justice, 1973

New Zealand at the International Court of Justice, 1973

The International Court of Justice is shown during a 1973 hearing on French nuclear tests in the Pacific. The New Zealand legal team, including Attorney General Martyn Finlay, sit at the front of the courtroom facing the judges. France did not attend the hearing. Despite the court's finding against it, France continued testing nuclear weapons until 1996, when it signed the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty after its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly that year. In 2011 the treaty had not yet been ratified by all 44 countries that had nuclear power or reactors in 1996, so was not yet officially in force.

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Reference: AAEG W2972 Box 1 41

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Rod Alley, 'Multilateral organisations - Rule-making: maritime, environmental and criminal', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33832/new-zealand-at-the-international-court-of-justice-1973 (accessed 28 March 2020)

Story by Rod Alley, published 20 Jun 2012