Current Research Activities & Accomplishments

For the past decade, efforts of the International Weapons Control Center have been driven by its Director, Professor Barry Kellman. The IWCC has worked closely with national and international organizations and has sought to forge a unified network of key players devoted to preventing bioviolence. During the course of this time, Professor Kellman has been the featured speaker on international security issues at over two hundred briefings, meetings, and workshops, for numerous foreign governments, international organizations, U.S. government agencies, and NGO's. These events have resulted in the creation of vast amounts of literature and dialogue. Professor Kellman's new book BioViolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime, Cambridge University Press (2007), stands as the culmination of these efforts, and serves as a catalyst to advance the effort to prevent bioviolence. Recent noteworthy accomplishments are noted below.

July 2007:

Professor Kellman delivered a speech on: Emerging Microthreats and The Need for Global Governance at the Center for Global Security Research which is part of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The speech was hosted by Amb. Ronald Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy.

Professor Kellman briefed the Foresight Institute on Nanotechnology on the linkages between bioscience and nanotech and the common need for international law to address potential threats.

Professor Kellman gave briefings on currents global efforts to prevent bioviolence to: The Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and The Naval Post-Graduate School.

Professor Kellman delivered another version of the speech Emerging Microthreats and The Need for Global Governance to the Polish Ministry of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Professor Kellman gave a briefing to thirty senior officials of the Polish government, including representatives of the Prime Minister's office, the National Security Council, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Interior. The speech strongly chastised the two-presidential announcement of the re-confirmed U.S. - Poland alliance to construct a missile defense shield in Poland.

In The Netherlands, Professor Kellman delivered a speech at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Lessons Learned from Preventing Chemical Terrorism for Preventing Bioviolence. Professor Kellman also gave briefings on current global efforts to prevent bioviolence to: Europol - the EU law enforcement organization, and to a meeting of representatives of six ministries of the government of The Netherlands.

In Kenya: Professor Kellman convened a workshop of the African Biosecurity Project - a dozen legal experts from nations throughout sub-Saharan Africa formed in 2006 to conduct a study of National Legislation for Preventing Bioviolence. The workshop generated The Nairobi Announcement which outlines proposals for advancing research and outreach to promote secure development of bioscience.

Professor Kellman convened the BioCriminalization Session of the Interpol Train-The-Trainer workshop on Preventing Bioterrorism. This session, including prosecutors from eight sub-Saharan African nations, focused on the need to adapt national legislation to meet bioterrorism's unique police and prosecutorial challenges.

April 2007:

Professor Kellman participated in a NATO Non-Proliferation Conference entitled Curbing the Spread of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Related Knowledge: What More Should Be Done? in Vilnius, Lithuania.

March 2007:

Professor Kellman was a featured speaker at an Interpol Regional Workshop on Bioterrorism in Muscat, Oman.

Professor Kellman attended a RUSI presentation "Transatlantic Programme - America and the World: US Foreign Policy in the Run up to 2008".

Professor Kellman was a guest lecturer on: "Global Governance for Preventing Bioviolence" for the Bioproliferation Prevention Project, Partnership for Global Security in Washington D.C.

Professor Kellman also delivered several briefings on "Preventing Bioviolence - Uniting Future Strategies" to the National Intelligence Council, at Langley VA, and to personnel of the U.S. National Defense University (NDU) and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA).

February 2007:

Professor Kellman lectured at a conference entitled BioMetric Identification Technology Ethics: Promoting Research and Public Debate on Bioethical Implications of Emerging Biometric Identification Technologies.

January 2007:

Professor Kellman was the featured speaker at the EU Forum on Biotechnology and BioSecurity hosted by EuropaBio - The Office of the European Association for Bio-industries; European Bio-Defense & Bio-Security Task Force, in Brussels, Belgium.

Professor Kellman was the featured speaker at a NATO Meeting, Bioterrorism and Bio-Science Developments, hosted by the NATO Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate, in Brussels on January 13, 2007.

He convened and was discussion leader at a workshop, Bio-Terrorism Prevention and Bio-Science Development - A New Effort To United Future Strategies, hosted by the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), in London.

December 2006:

Professor Kellman convened and was a featured speaker at a seminar on Bio-Science Development and Bio-Violence Prevention: Integrating Future Strategies held in the Palais des Nations in conjunction with the Sixth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, Geneva, Switzerland.

November 2006:

Professor Kellman was a featured speaker at the Conference: Transnational Terrorism: Defeating the Threat, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, Whitehall, London, United Kingdom.

June 2006:

Professor Kellman convened a workshop entitled Bioterrorism - Future Action Plans, held in Moscow, Russia.

October 2005:

Professor Kellman has also convened a major workshop on bioterrorism in Kampala Uganda entitled, The Global Bargain for Biosecurity and Health.

March 2005:

Professor Kellman has participated as a featured speaker in the First Interpol Conference on Bioterrorism held in Lyon, France, and has continued to participate in subsequent regional Bioterrorism Workshops held in 2005-2006 in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Ukraine.

October 2004:

Professor Barry Kellman participated in a workshop on Bioterrorism Prevention, held in Bucharest, Romania.

April 2004:

Professor Barry Kellman participated in a workshop organized by the U.S. Department of State entitled, Preventing Bioterrorism, International Dimensions.

April 2003:

Professor Kellman organized and chaired a workshop at the United Nations in Geneva, Preventing Disease Weaponization: Strengthening Law Enforcement and National Legislation. Over one hundred individuals, representing 35 international organizations and approximately the same number of States, participated in formulating strategies to promote bio-criminalization.

May 2002:

The IWCC organized and hosted a major workshop in the Washington D.C. area, entitled A Criminal Law Approach to Preventing Bio-Terrorism, involving seventy international experts, diplomats, and scientists. The chief purpose of the workshop was to consider the Draft Convention on the Prohibition and Prevention of Biological Terrorism.

April 2002-January 2003:

Professor Kellman was a member on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Research Standards and Practices to Prevent the Destructive Application of Biotechnology (2003), which studied how to reduce threats of dangerous biological science and published the report Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism (2004).

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