Annual Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction in a Changing World

The Annual Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) in a Changing World provides a multi-disciplinary education of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and threats through a historic, legal, technical, diplomatic, and geo-political framework.

Launched in 2010, the Summer Programme has been jointly developed by the OPCW and the T.M.C. Asser Institute, and is held at the T.M.C. Asser Institute for International Law in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The Summer Programme is designed for early-to-mid-career professionals in government, such as national export control bodies, National Authorities for the implementation of the CWC/BWC and national nuclear power agencies, as well as those working for non-governmental organisations, such as think tanks addressing WMD concerns and research centres in related disciplines. Newly arrived diplomats in The Hague are especially encouraged to sign up for the Summer Programme.

The Eighth Edition of this Programme was held 3 to 8 September 2017

The 2017 Summer Programme offered an integrated approach to WMD. It addressed non-proliferation and disarmament efforts made separately and cooperatively with respect to chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons, with the overlapping and interrelated aspects to be discussed at high-level panels.

What participants gain

  • hands-on knowledge of the diplomatic, legal, and technical aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation across nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and threats;
  • insight into the work of seasoned WMD professionals; and
  • unique networking opportunities with speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds.

The Summer Programme’s inter-disciplinary content is delivered by specialised academics from institutes in the Netherlands and abroad, together with experienced practitioners and officials from the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Implementation Support Unit, the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the OPCW. The Programme’s blend of academic and practical knowledge and its comprehensive scope have been well received by prior participants and will be continued in 2017.

Hear what previous attendees thought of the programme: Testimonial Video

Classwork during the Summer Programme is supplemented by field visits to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and the nuclear research reactor at the Delft University of Technology. These field visits offer participants first-hand experience in chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) preparedness, and the way in which international treaties on WMD are implemented at the international and national levels. 

Registration Fee: EUR 1,495

This fee includes lectures, study materials, study visits, refreshments and lunch during working days, two receptions, and an opening dinner. It does not cover international travel costs, domestic travel to and from airports, (hotel) accommodation, insurance, or other expenses.

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