Nuclear protest

The Law Council of Australia has issued a statement condemning the French government for its programme of nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean and calling on the country to cease testing until a determination is handed down by the International Court of Justice. The council, which made its statement with the support of the 22 member countries of the Law Association for Asia and the Pacific and professional bodies in New Zealand, Noumea, the Solomon Islands and the Norfolk Islands, said the debate involved a matter of “significant legal principle and of principle affecting the legal profession”.