On 5 December 2013, VERTIC and the Vienna Centre for Non-proliferation and Disarmament held the first in a series of seminars on the role of intergovernmental organisations in arms control and disarmament verification.
VERTIC organised a two-day workshop in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire as part of its Additional Protocol Project. The workshop was titled: ‘Facilitating the adoption and implementation of the IAEA Additional Protocol in Côte d’Ivoire’ and took place on 16 and 17 of December 2013.
VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Bilqees Esmail, represented VERTIC at this year's Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during 9-13 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
Burkina Faso and Benin, together with UNREC (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the Regional UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa) and the BWC Implementation Support Unit, organized two workshops on the national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC).
VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, represented VERTIC at the 18th Conference of the States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention during 2-4 December. High on the agenda of this year's conference was Syria's accession to the Convention and the status of verification of the destruction of the country's chemical weapons stockpile. The Conference also re-appointed by acclamation Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü for a second term of office as OPCW Director-General.
VERTIC wishes to make an appointment at the Programme Director grade, following a potential internal promotion. Note that this recruitment may be cancelled should either no suitable candidates apply or other conditions change.
For more, see our recruitment page.
VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the Expert Meeting on the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during 20-21 November.
The European Union (‘EU’) has provided €800,000 in funding for the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (‘VERTIC’) to lead Project 8 of the EU’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (‘CBRN’) Centres of Excellence (‘CoE’) initiative, entitled ‘Prerequisite to strengthening CRBN national legal frameworks.’
In this week's blog post, Dominic Bright enquires how poisoning of elephants in Zimbabwe has relevance for national implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a 'Taller para la Implementación Nacional de la Convención sobre Armas Biológicas' in Quito, Ecuador on 14 October. He then led a three-day workshop (15-17 October) with the objective of drafting amendments to Ecuador’s Arms Control Law and revised Penal Code to implement the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Ecuador, including biological weapons prohibitions and measures for the non-proliferation of particularly dangerous biological agents and toxins.
VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a "Seminar on Biological Material and Biosafety in the Framework of the Biological Weapons Convention" during 9-11 October in Santiago, Chile.
Scott Spence, VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, gave a presentation today on the national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 at the 129th Assembly of the Interparliamentary Union.
VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, discussed Syria on 6 September, on a panel at the Fourth Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, held at the T.M.C. Asser Institute for International Law in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 2 to 6 September 2013.
Today, VERTIC has released a briefing paper on the IAEA’s safeguards function.
Andreas Persbo had the pleasure of serving his second term as the Director-General of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He played the role in a simulation set up by the CTBTO’s Capacity Development Initiative (CDI).
Read his account here.
This week's blog post provides an update on the EU CBRN Centres of Excellence (CoE). VERTIC's NIM programme is currently leading the implementation of one CoE project and contributing to another.
In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz highlights the discussions on strengthening the international nuclear security legal framework during the IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security.
VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference during 1-5 July. The conference took place at IAEA Headquarters at the Vienna International Centre, with over 1300 registered participants from 125 countries and 21 intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.
In this week's blog post Russel Moul discusses climate change monitoring systems and the impact of impending budget cuts.
In this week's blog post, Sonia Drobysz discusses the latest attempts in the US to implement several international nuclear security instruments into domestic law.
In this week's blog post, Angela Woodward considers the role for civil society in oversight of WMD legislation.
Somalia has deposited its instrument of accession to the Chemical Weapon's Convention (CWC) with the UN Secretary General and will become a State Party as of 29 June 2013. This will bring the membership of the CWC to 189 States. Congratulations to Somalia!
Last Friday, Andreas Persbo delivered a presentation to the Open Ended Working Group on Multilateral Disarmament, which is presently convening in Geneva, Switzerland.
In this week's blog post, Katherine Tajer considers CISPA and the future of cybersecurity law. Read the post here.
VERTIC co-organized joint universality workshops in Angola with the British Embassy to Angola and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The workshops, which had the objective of advancing Angola’s accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), took place on 22 and 23 April in Luanda.
Earlier this week, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace wrapped up their 15th bi-annual Nuclear Policy Conference. This conference, widely recognised to be one of the highlights on the nuclear arms control and disarmament agenda, spans two days and attracts some 800 participants from 46 countries. The conference was lively. Printing off all Twitter comments alone would consume at least 100 pages of paper.
Read the full blog post here.
The Third Review Conference of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is being held in the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands during 8-19 April. States Parties to the CWC have gathered to discuss the operation of the Convention and to take decisions on a number of matters critical to its future. Items on the agenda are the deadline for the destruction of chemical weapons, verification of the Convention, achieving its universality, the status of its national implementation, and international cooperation and development.
Malawi deposited its instrument of ratification in Washington DC on 2 April 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 170. Congratulations Malawi!
Guyana deposited its instrument of ratification in Washington DC on 26 March 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 169. Congratulations Guyana!
Shortly before Christmas 2012, I was present at a luncheon hosted by the London embassy of the Republic of Korea. A few hours earlier that day the DPRK had launched, and publicised the launch of, a space rocket apparently capable of delivering a nuclear warhead which, as far as the diners knew at the time, North Korea still did not possess in a developed form. Despite bellicose comments from some around the table, the arguments around the lunch table were evenly divided between ‘this changes nothing’ and ‘we are witnessing the birth of a new nuclear weapon-owning state.’
Read the full blog post by David Keir with Andreas Persbo here.
VERTIC's NIM Team has added legislation from Morocco related to national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention to VERTIC's BWC Legislation Database.
Nauru deposited its instrument of accession in Washington DC on 5 March 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 168.
Andreas Persbo travelled to Berlin, Germany, on 21-22 February 2013 to deliver remarks to the the Berlin Framework Forum: Creating the Conditions and Building the Framework for a Nuclear Weapons-Free World.
In this week's blog post David Keir reflects on the infrasound detection capability of the CTBT monitoring system and the meteor which entered the Earth's atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013.
VERTIC seeks a multi-skilled Office Manager or Administrator who is enthusiastic about the challenge of working in a dynamic and expanding non-governmental organisation. In the last few years, the organisation has experienced growth in activities and staffing mostly associated with start-up ventures.
VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in a Biological Weapons Convention seminar in Bogota during 14-15 February.
The Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation released today an updated estimate on DPRK's test.
On 12 February 2013, the DPRK announced that it had conducted its third nuclear test. Hours before the announcement, however, data started to flow from various monitoring stations indicating seismic activity in North Korea. This gave considerable credibility to the assertion that the DPRK conducted an explosive test possibly of a nuclear nature.
Read the full post here.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea conducted a nuclear test at noon local time today, according to an official announcement by its state-run news agency.
In this week's blog post, Yasemin Balci looks at the chemical weapons case of Bond v United States, which will be heard by the US Supreme Court on appeal.
VERTIC's NIM Team has added legislation from Lebanon related to national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention to VERTIC's BWC Legislation Database.
Cameroon deposited its instrument of accession in Washington DC on 18 January 2013, becoming a State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) and bringing the membership of the BWC to 167.
Scott Spence, VERTIC’s Senior Legal Officer, attended the ‘UNSCR 1540 Civil Society Forum - Opportunities for Engagement’, which took place in the Vienna International Centre (the VIC) during 8-10 January. He reflects on this important event in this week’s blog post.
In this week's blog post, Russell Moul revisits the question of Syria's chemical weapons and muses on verification options.
Read the full post here.
VERTIC wishes to make up to two appointments to its National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme at either the Associate Legal Officer, Legal Officer or Senior Legal Officer grade, depending on the post-holder’s qualifications, skills and experience.
Scott Spence, VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, presented today at the UNSCR 1540 Civil Society Forum - Opportunities for Engagement.