Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Programme

Organised by the T.M.C Asser Instituut and the OPCW

28 September – 2 October 2020

The T.M.C Asser Instituut and the OPCW Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) is a highly regarded educational resource for advanced graduate students and early- to mid-career professionals with interests in WMD diplomacy and treaty implementation. 

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the format of this course has been changed to an online programme for a reduced fee (33% discount). Participants who have already paid in full will be reimbursed the difference in price. For further information, contact educationtraining@asser.nl

One Week Programme

The Training Programme provides a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding WMD. Experienced and internationally renowned experts and diplomats in the fields of international law, security, and related disciplines give lectures, interactive seminars and simulation exercises. The course is supplemented by field visits to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and the nuclear research reactor at the Delft University of Technology. The field visits offer participants experience in CBRN preparedness and an understanding of how WMD treaties are implemented at national and international levels. 

What will you gain?

  • Hands-on knowledge of the diplomatic, legal, and technical aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation.
  • Insight into the work of key professionals in the area of WMD, seasoned with their personal experiences.

Provisional Programme

Who should participate?

Early- to mid-career professionals working for governments, e.g. national export control bodies, national authorities for the implementation of the CWC/BWC, and national nuclear agencies. Individuals working for non-governmental organisations, think tanks addressing WMD concerns, and research centres in related disciplines.


€ 995

Asser Institute Scholarships

There will be a limited number of full scholarships for outstanding applicants who wish to participate in the 2020 programme. For updates and details, contact the Asser Institute directly via email.

OPCW offers civil society scholarships

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with funding support from the European Union, offers several competitive scholarships for civil society representatives. Candidates must be currently employed at a non-governmental organisation, a think-tank, a research or academic institution, or an independent public institution and working on issues related to the goals of the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Applications for the scholarships have closed. 

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For more information or questions please contact educationtraining@asser.nl.

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