Once treaties have been signed and ratified, one of the key questions is how to make them work. Focusing on arms control agreements, this seminar takes a broad look at the meaning of effectiveness from a historical, economic, political, legal perspective. The lectures by key experts will discuss early efforts to develop compliance control mechanisms, and will analyse existing treaty-based systems (in particular within the OPCW and in respect of nuclear safeguards agreements and the IAEA), and will look into challenges related to national implementation of arms control treaties. The objective of the seminar is to discuss how we can ensure that arms control agreements make a real difference.

After lectures by key experts, the participants will engage in a roundtable discussion about their research topics, guided by Asser Institute researchers. During the roundtable session, the participating doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers have the option to give individual 15-minute formal presentations on their research.

Participation in the workshop is extended to approximately 10 doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers who are currently conducting research in arms control, whether from legal, historical, political or theoretical perspectives. Please email Alexandra Pinto Damas (A.Damas@asser.nl) to apply for the event by 20 May, including your position, university affiliation and area of research. Participants wishing to present their research should additionally submit a short abstract on their presentation topic by email before 1 June 2024