Programme Director for National Implementation gives Guest of the Meeting statement at BWC Meeting of Experts

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, gave a Guest of the Meeting statement today at the BWC Meeting of Experts, which is taking place during 10-14 August in Geneva. He gave his statement, which can be found here, during Working Session 7 on "Strengthening National Implementation".

Mr Spence gave an overview of two interrelated criminal cases involving the illegal purchase, transfer and possession of abrin, a potent toxic plant protein, between a dealer in the United States and a buyer in the United Kingdom. Mr Spence highlighted the importance of several legislative measures that were necessary to ensure the prohibition, detection of and response to these criminal activities. He also drew attention to other measures that States should include in their national legislative frameworks for implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention including alternative criminal liability, extraterritorial jurisdiction as well as measures for licensing, inspections and transfers. Mr Spence described how States can go about the implementation process, and concluded his remarks by describing how the VERTIC NIM Programme can assist States in their implementation of the BWC through legislative analysis, model legislation and drafting assistance.

For more information about VERTIC's NIM Programme activities, please contact Ms Yasemin Balci, Senior Legal Officer.   

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