Strengthening Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Regimes

The Program - Implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention

The Chemical Weapons Convention is the most complicated multilateral weapons control treaty in history. Its implementation has long been recognized to be an unprecedented challenge. The Center initially prepared the Fourth Amendment analysis of the Convention's on-site for the United States Department of Defense. On the basis of that work and to facilitate the implementation process, Ian Kenyon, then-Executive Secretary of the PTS-OPCW, asked the Center to prepare The Manual for National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Published in 1993 with a second edition published in 1998, The Manual is the preeminent international guide to the CWC's legal issues - over 5,000 copies have been distributed worldwide.

Most important, the Center took an active role in supporting CWC implementation in the United States: Professor Kellman twice testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of the CWC's constitutionality.

In the last decade, Center personnel have been regularly asked to attend Regional Seminars hosted by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and to teach courses for CWC National Authorities. In 2001, the Center assisted the OPCW in sponsoring the Symposium on Legal Assistance and Cooperation, bringing together weapons control experts and international criminal lawyers.

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