Who will assist the victims of use of nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical weapons – and how?

It is uncertain who will assist the victims of use of nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical weapons if an international response is required and how this assistance can be provided without undue risk to those providing it. The use of such weapons presents a variety of risks and the political and security implications are serious and complex. This article shows the difficulties inherent in assisting the victims of use of nuclear, radiological, biological and chemical weapons.

About the authors

Dominique Loye
Deputy Head

Dominique Loye is Deputy Head and Technical Adviser of the Arms Unit in the Legal Division of the ICRC.

Robin Coupland
ICRC’s Medical Adviser with respect to the impact of weapons and violence

Robin Coupland was formerly a field surgeon for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). He is now the ICRC’s Medical Adviser with respect to the impact of weapons and violence.