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This section contains information about past or upcoming events organized by the Nuclear Weapons Project. If you have questions regarding the events, please contact the project at

Conclusion of ILPI’s WMD Project

All good things come to an end. In December 2016, after five exciting years, the Arms and Disarmament Team at ILPI concluded the Weapons of Mass Destruction Project.

We very much appreciate having had the opportunity to contribute to the thinking and policy development in the field of WMDs over the past years, and are grateful to our partners in governments, international organisations, civil society and academia for their generous support and active participation in our meetings and research activities.

All publications produced over the past five years will continue to be available on the ILPI WMD project website.

Workshop in preparation for the Eighth Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference

On 19–20 September, ILPI, in cooperation with the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit, organised a two-day workshop for Geneva-based diplomats on the science and politics of biological weapons and biology-related security issues.

By Daniel Frederik Mandrella

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), which entered into force on 26 March 1975, is the main international legal instrument addressing biological weapons. Its provisions include a total ban of the development, production, and stockpiling of all biological weapons. While the prohibition itself is total, the Convention suffers from not having a formal verification mechanism confirming compliance. In addition, 21st century scientific and technological developments, including the emergence of ‘synthetic biology’ and genetic-engineering techniques such as CRISPR, have brought to the fore the increasing interconnection between international security and science and technology.

Regional roundtable meeting in Pretoria

On 17-18 February the WMD project of the International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) held its 11th regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons outside Pretoria, South Africa.

By Torbjørn Graff Hugo

The meeting was organized in collaboration with the South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The purpose of the roundtable was to bring together key government stakeholders from the African continent to discuss both substantive and process-related aspects of an international nuclear disarmament, with a particular focus on a planned Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Geneva. A key issue to be explored was the role of Africa and African states in this field.

BWC Workshop in Geneva

On 11–12 December 2015, ILPI’s WMD project organised a workshop on building a global civil society coalition to strengthen the BWC in GenevaUntitled

By Ingrid Marie Dybvig and Magnus Løvold
19 January 2016

The meeting was organised in collaboration with Chatham House, King’s College London (KCL), and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).  20–30 representatives from a variety of civil society organizations, research institutions, international organizations and a select group of states attended the meeting.

Roundtable discussion in San José

On 19–20 November 2015, the WMD project of International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) organised its tenth regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons in Costa Rica

By Torbjørn Graff Hugo
26 November 2015

The meeting was organised in collaboration with the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and brought together 17–18 participants, primarily government officials from Latin America and the Caribbean. The main objective of the roundtable meeting was to bring together key stakeholders from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean, including government officials, academics and civil society actors, to discuss both substantive and process-related aspects of international nuclear disarmament.

Now what, NPT?

On June 18 ILPI’s WMD project organized a panel discussion about the prospects for progress in international disarmament after the failure to reach agreement at the 2015 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York in May

By Magnus Løvold
21 June 2015

From the left: Sigrid Heiberg, Øistein Mjærum, Sverre Lodgaard, Liv Tørres, and Gro Nystuen.

On May 22, after weeks of intense negotiations and discussions at the UN Headquarters in New York, it became clear that the 190 member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) had failed to reach agreement on an outcome document. This breakdown in the diplomatic endeavor to move the world closer to the full elimination of nuclear weapons was the topic of a panel discussion organized by ILPI at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on June 18.

Roundtable discussion in Bangkok

On 26–27 March 2015, the WMD project of International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI) organised its ninth regional roundtable meeting on nuclear weapons in Bangkok, Thailand

By Torbjørn Graff Hugo & Magnus Løvold
19 May 2015

The meeting was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand (TMFA) and brought together more than 30 participants mainly from the Asia-Pacific region, including government officials (from 13 different states), academics and civil society actors. The main objective was to share thoughts and ideas on how the humanitarian initiative on nuclear weapons can be taken forward, and specifically on how to close the ‘legal gap’ identified at the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.

ILPI roundtable discussion in Montego Bay, August 2014

On 20–21 August 2014, ILPI’s Nuclear Weapons Project convened its 8th regional roundtable meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The meeting was organized in collaboration with the International Centre for Environmental and Nuclear Sciences at the University of the West Indies (ICENS-UWI) and the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Permanent Mission of Jamaica to the UN in New York was also closely involved in the planning of the meeting.