Legal Cooperation to Control Non-State Nuclear Proliferation

On 4 and 5 April 2011, Andreas Persbo participated in the ‘workshop on Legal Cooperation to Control Non-State Nuclear Proliferation: Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction and UN Resolutions 1540 and 1373’. The meeting was organized by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability and hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The workshop explored theoretical options and practical pathways to extend states' control over non-state actor nuclear proliferation through the use of extra-territorial jurisdiction and international legal cooperation.
UNSC Resolution 1373 and the raft of counter-terrorism treaties related to non-state based nuclear terrorism allow for states to exercise extra-territorial criminal jurisdiction in certain ways. UNSC Resolution 1373 even requires the exercise of such jurisdiction in certain cases. UNSC Resolution 1540, in contrast, focuses on domestic controls.
The workshop examined how these different regimes interact, and what opportunities may exist for strengthening control of nuclear proliferation to non-state actor through improved use of extra-territorial jurisdiction and international legal cooperation tools such as extradition and prosecution in lieu.
The workshop brought together a range of experts from the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa to discuss these issues and generate a set of next steps for further research and immediate action by policy makers on this theme.
More information can be found on the Nautilus Institute website.
Andreas Persbo's presentation 'Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and Radiological Materials' (PDF, 116KB)


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