Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2017)
WMD under Islamic International Law
Author(s): Jaber Seyvanizad
Abstract: After the appearance of WMD in twentieth century, nothing could fundamentally jeopardize the human life as much as the weapons of mass destruction. The weapons that have this potential to completely destruct our planet for numerous times. Even though there are some limiting rules concerning WMD usage under the current international law which is mostly manifested in the framework of Non Proliferation Treaty, according to advisory opinion of International Court of Justice on 8July 1996, there is no any certainty on illegality of threat or use of nuclear weapon in international law sources. On contrary, the legal regime governing on WMD under Islamic international law prescribes the different prescription. Through the descriptive approach, this article attempts to extract the precise position of Islamic international law concerning the issue of WMD. Results are indicating that there is a definitive prohibition on WMD utilization, insofar as all noted Islamic scholars including Shias and Sunnis have consensus on its proscription.