Professor of Law
Director, International Weapons Control Center
Professor Barry Kellman teaches Public International Law, International Criminal Law, U.S. Environmental Law, and International Environmental Justice. Professor Kellman’s work for the past two decades has focused primarily on countering security dangers associated with biological and chemical weapons control and terrorism. Professor Kellman developed the United States position on the constitutionality of the Chemical Weapons Convention and wrote the Manual for National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. He initiated and served as senior advisor to the INTERPOL Program for Preventing Biological Terrorism. He has spoken often at United Nations meetings regarding weapons proliferation and international security.
In 2003, Professor Kellman served on the Fink Commission of the National Academies of Science that assessed policy concerning bio-science research having dangerous implications. He has organized over twenty major international workshops on biological security policy -- many in tandem with the United Nations, the United States government, the European Union, and INTERPOL. Notable workshops have included the 2002 Airlie House Workshop which developed the concept of bio-criminalization and the 2008 Kampala Workshop which propounded the Kampala Compact on the relationship between the human right to health and the imperative of security from the violent use of biological science.
Professor Kellman is author of BIOVIOLENCE – PREVENTING BIOLOGICAL TERROR AND CRIME (Cambridge U. Press, 2007) -- a comprehensive strategy for law enforcers, scientists, and public health officials to prevent the intentional infliction of disease. He has also written important reports on topics related to biological and chemical threats on behalf of the United States Government, and numerous law journal articles and other papers. Professor Kellman has given dozens of briefings, speeches, and lectures on issues at the intersection of international law and security policy from emerging threats. He is currently engaged in a new book project: WEAPONS UNDER LAW.
Professor Kellman received a Fulbright Lecturer Award to Fudan University, China (1986-87) and thereafter began working (as a non-governmental expert) on issues of global weapons control and security. Through much of the 1990s, he served on the Group of Experts for Establishing A Secure Zone of Weapons of Mass Destruction in The Middle East. In 1999, I served as Legal Advisor to the National Commission on Terrorism. He has also published widely on weapons proliferation and smuggling, the laws of armed conflict, Middle East weapons control, global biopreparedness, and nuclear non-proliferation.
BA, University of Chicago; JD, Yale University
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