About Us

The International Weapons Control Center (IWCC), under the direction of Professor Barry Kellman, is dedicated to advancing the rule of law concerning prevention of weaponized violence. The center is both scholarly and activist: it promotes peace and security by offering legal answers to policy problems, domestically and internationally.

Chemical and Biological Weapons Control

The IWCC's program on strengthening chemical and biological weapons control has had notable successes in advancing the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions. For nearly two decades and with support of generous grants from major foundations, the IWCC has also promoted international organizations' programs and national criminal legislation to prevent violent use of these lethal technologies.

Gun Violence Control

Currently, the IWCC's expertise on the law of weapons control focuses on the problem of gun violence. The IWCC is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of the law of gun violence control and thereby enable that law to be optimally effective. The controversies over gun violence have only recently arisen to the forefront of topical attention, but they will not be readily dismissed.

The IWCC Gun Violence Program concentrates on two domains: (1) national legal measures to curtail domestic gun violence in compliance with the Second Amendment; and (2) prosecution of international weapons traffickers. The IWCC will join public discourse on controversial issues, whether or not invited. The IWCC does not lobby, but it proudly advocates for rationalization of issues as imperative as gun violence.


In all its activities, the IWCC is committed to educating students inside and outside DePaul about relevant legal issues of weapons control. This commitment entails undertaking intense legal analysis of key issues of weapons law that are too widely misunderstood. Student involvement in the IWCC's work, including preparing papers and organizing workshops and events, has been and continues to be enormously significant to the center's success.

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