An African contribution to the nuclear weapons debate

The current initiative on the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons has offered States the opportunity to reinvigorate the disarmament debate. While Africa has taken this opportunity to engage on nuclear disarmament, the impact of its efforts remains to be seen. The purpose of this article is to recall the value of African engagement, and to identify the important role that South Africa could play in leading the African continent in its call for a world free of nuclear weapons.

About the author

Sarah J. Swart
Regional Legal Adviser in Pretoria

Sarah Jean Swart, LLB, LLM, is the ICRC Regional Legal Adviser in Pretoria, supporting twelve African governments in the implementation of international humanitarian law. Prior to joining the ICRC, she completed her LLM in human rights and democratization in Africa at the University of Pretoria.