Geneva workshop: The BWC Intersessional Process towards the Sixth Review Conference and Beyond

On 8-9 November 2003 the Pugwash Workshop Study Group on the
Implementation of the CBW Conventions held its  20th workshop, the BWC Intersessional Process towards the Sixth Review Conference and Beyond, in Geneva, Switzerland.

Geneva report on CBW

Rapporteur: Scott Spence


Jez Littlewood: 2006 and beyond: preparatory assistance and background activities

C.A. McLeish: Reactions to Self-censorship

M. S. Meselson and J. P. Perry Robinson: ‘Non Lethal’ Weapons and Implementation of the Chemical and Biological Weapons Conventions

Julian Perry Robinson, Matthew Meselson and Graham Pearson: Tribute to David Kelly

Graham S. Pearson: BWC: Outcome of the Meeting of Experts, August 2003

Graham S. Pearson: Preparing for the First Meeting of States Parties: National Implementing Legislation and Security and Oversight of Pathogenic Microorganisms and Toxin

Nicholas A. Sims: Towards the Sixth Review Conference – Consensus, commitment, completion: A proposal for putting the 26 March 2005 anniversary to best use for the BWC

Participant List

Dr. Jan Van Aken, Director, Sunshine Project, Hamburg, Germany [formerly: Genetic Engineering Campaigner for Greenpeace, Germany]

Dr. Maurizio Barbeschi, Scientist, Preparedness for Deliberate Epidemics, Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR), World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland [formerly: CBW Inspector, UNMOVIC; Director of the CBW Programme of the Landau Network-Centro Volta, Como, Italy;Senior Policy Officer, Verification Division, Policy and Review Branch, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)]

Mr. John Borrie, ICRC Coordinator for Biotechnology, Weapons & Humanity, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, Switzerland [formerly: Deputy Head of Mission for Disarmament, New Zealand Permanent Mission, Geneva; Research Fellow, UNIDIR; CBW/Export Controls Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand]

Dr. Vladimir S. Bundin, Head of the BTWC Department of the Russian Munition Agency, Moscow; Member, National Academy for Biotechnology of Russia [formerly : CEO of the Academy for Biotechnology of Russia, and of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR]

Mr. Richard H. Burgess, Consultant in Trade and Treaty Compliance, Newark, Delaware, USA [formerly: Senior Counsel, DuPont Legal]

Dr. Ottorino Cosivi (Italy), Project Leader, Preparedness for Deliberate Epidemics, Global Alert and Response, Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response (CSR), World Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Robin Coupland (UK), Medical Advisor, Legal Division, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland [formerly : Coordinator of Surgery, Health Division, ICRC]

Prof. Malcolm Dando, Professor of International Security, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK

Mr. Nelson Erickson, Defense Fellow, U.S. Department of Defense, OSD Nonproliferation Policy,? Washington, DC, USA [formerly: U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee]

Dr. Jozef Goldblat (Sweden/Switzerland), Vice President, Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI), Geneva, Switzerland; Consultant, United Nations, Geneva [formerly: Leader, Arms Control Studies, SIPRI (1969-89)]

Ms. Chandre Gould, Senior Researcher, Centre for Conflict Resolution, Cape Town, South Africa

Prof. Jeanne Guillemin, Senior Advisor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Security Studies Program, Cambridge, MA, USA; Professor of Sociology, Boston College Institution [formerly: Senior Fellow, Dibner Institute, MIT; Congressional Fellow, American Anthropological Association]

Mr. Richard Guthrie (UK), Project Leader, CBW Project,. Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Solna, Sweden

Dr. Gert Gunter Harigel, Senior Physicist (Emeritus), European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland (1995- ); Secretary and Treasurer, Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI) [formerly: Senior Physicist, CERN (1965-95); Physicist at DESY (Hamburg), and at the Max-Planck-Institute (Munich); Visiting Professor, Columbia University (1983) and University of Hawaii (1987,88)]

Dr. Rene Haug, Counsellor/Military Advisor, Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Mr. Peter Herby (USA), Coordinator, Mines-Arms Unit, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva, Switzerland [formerly : Head, Disarmament Program, Quaker UN Office, Geneva]

Ms. Melissa Hersh, Member, Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention Secretariat to the 2003 Meeting of Experts and Meeting of States Parties, Geneva, Switzerland [formerly: SIPRI CBW Project; WHO Technical Consultant; CSR]

Mr. Ian Kenyon, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, UK [formerly: Executive Secretary, Preparatory Commission for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW PrepCom), The Hague, The Netherlands; HM Diplomatic Service]

Mr. Jong Yup Lee (So. Korea), Researcher, Science & Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Dr. Patricia Lewis (UK), Director, UNIDIR, Geneva, Switzerland [formerly: Director, VERTIC, London; Lecturer in Physics, University of Auckland, New Zealand]

Dr. Jez Littlewood, Research Fellow, Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, Department of Politics, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK? [formerly: UK HM Armed Forces; Secretariat of the BWC Ad Hoc Group/Fifth Review Conference (1999-2001)]

Prof. Robert Mathews, Principal Research Scientist, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia ; Associate Professor, Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law, University of Melbourne

Ms. Kathryn McLaughlin, Research Fellow, Landau Network-Centro Volta (LNCV), Como, Italy [formerly : Publications Assistant, Harvard-Sussex Program, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK]

Dr. Caitriona McLeish (Ireland), Research Fellow, Science & Technology Policy Research (SPRU), The Freeman Centre, University of Sussex,, Brighton BN1 9QE, UK

Dr. Kay Mereish, Chief, Biological Planning and Operations, UNMOVIC, New York, NY, USA [formerly:? Chief Scientist at ITT; National Security Council, Department of Commerce, Department of States and USAMRIID-Fort Detrick]

Prof. Matthew S. Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Mr. Piers D. Millett, Project to Strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

Prof. Kathryn Nixdorff (USA/Germany), Dept. of Microbiology and Genetics, Darmstadt University of Technology, Darmstadt, Germany

Prof. Graham S. Pearson, Visiting Professor of International Security, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK; Member, HSP Advisory Board [formerly: Director General and Chief Executive, Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment (CBDE), Ministry of Defence, Porton Down, Salisbury, Wilts]

Dr. Peter Prosser, UNMOVIC Analyst, UNMOVIC, United Nations, New York, NY, USA [formerly:? WMD Section Head, Australian Department of Defense]

Mr. Francesco Quattrini, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Center for the Politics of International Security, Weapons and Disarmament Section, Berne, Switzerland

Mr. Guy Roberts, Principal Director, Negotiations Policy. Department of Defense. Washington, DC, USA [formerly: Associate Counsel (Arms Control), Department of the Navy, DOD]

Prof. Julian Perry Robinson, Sussex Director, Harvard-Sussex Program, Science & Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Dr. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, Division of Natural Sciences, State University of New York (SUNY), Purchase, New York, USA; Chair, Federation of American Scientists Working Group on BW Verification [formerly: Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Cornell University Medical College; Associate Member, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center]

Mr. Andreas C. Schröder, Deputy Head of BW/CW Section, Department for Disarmament and Arms Control, Foreign Office, Berlin, Germany [formerly: various positions in the Federal Foreign Office in Germany and in German embassies abroad]

Mr. Nicholas Sims, Reader in International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London, London, UK [formerly: Member of UK Delegation to First Review Conference of the BWC (March 1980), Geneva]

Mr. Nikita Smidovich (Russia), UNMOVIC, New York, NY, USA [formerly: positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR]

Mr. Scott Spence (USA), Harvard Sussex Program Hague Researcher at the OPCW, The Hague, The Netherlands

Mr. David Steuerman, Implementation Officer for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Non-Proliferation, Arms Control and Disarmament Division (IDA), Ottawa, Ontario, Canada [formerly: Trade Commission at Canadian Embassy in Japan (Tokyo)]

Prof. Jean-Pierre Stroot (Belgium/Switzerland), retired Physicist ; Geneva Pugwash Office ; President of the Board of the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI), Geneva, Switzerland [formerly: Director of Research, IISN, Belgium; Research Associate, CERN]

Mrs. Sabine Taufmann, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Mark Wheelis, Senior Lecturer, Section of Microbiology, University of California, Davis, California, USA

Dr. Jack P. Woodall (USA), Director, Nucleus for the Investigation of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Associate Editor, ProMED-mail [formerly with Her Majesty’s Overseas Research Service, Uganda; The Rockefeller Foundation, Brazil; New York State Health Department; USPHS, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Puerto Rico; and World Health Organization, Geneva; Leader of the WHO delegation to the 3rd Revcon of the BWC]

Ms. Angela Woodward (New Zealand), Legal Researcher, Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC), London, UK [formerly: Programme Assistant, Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation (PPN), Southampton, UK (1998-99)]

Mrs. Yang Yi, Third Secretary, Permanent Mission of China, Geneva, Switzerland [formerly with Arms Control and Disarmament Department, Foreign Ministry of China]

Dr. Jean Pascal Zanders, Director, BioWeapons Prevention Project (BWPP), Geneva, Switzerland; CBW Project Leader, SIPRI, Solna, Sweden [formerly with Centrum voor Polemologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)

Mr. Joshua Zarka, Counsellor, Israeli Mission, Geneva, Switzerland


Pugwash Staff:

Rome Office: Claudia Vaughn and Mimma de Santis, Pugwash Conferences