Disarmament and Arms Control Consultancy
The implementation of the provisions of disarmament and arms control treaties in the CBRN field such as the Chemical Weapons Convention happens at the intersection between science and policy making. Technical and scientific aspects play an equally important role as policy and legal ones. This results in special challenges as both sides "speak their own language" and have their unique approaches to problem solving. On the national level, implementation of treaty provisions is further complicated due to the need for inter-agency and cross-sector collaboration.
This requires a sound understanding for technical and scientific issues on the policy side and a sound understanding of policy issues on the technical side. Otherwise implementation will be suboptimal which is neither good for the respective country, nor for the treaty or convention nor for norm it is supposed to support and uphold.
Be prepared for the unexpected
The implementation of standard activities is normally not a problem unless a state party is just establishing its national implementation legislation and national authority. Taking the CWC as an example: Declarations of industry activities or old chemical weapons is regularly encountered, receiving industry or OCW inspections, these are the kind of recouping activities that happen regularly enough to be well trained. The pitfalls wait in the lesser traveled roads of the treaties.
Receiving a challenge inspection initiated with malign intent? Triggering a request for assistance after a CW event? Working within the context of Art. IX (Consultations, Cooperation, Fact Finding)? These are the areas where respective national authorities and agencies quickly find themselves in uncharted waters and where false decision can quickly lead to very bad outcomes.
We offer to our clients in-depth confidential consulting services with respect to practical treaty implementation. We especially focus on areas that require a deep fundamental understanding of technical and scientific issues.
We offer both specific training and consult on establishing alarming mechanisms for requesting international assistance after a CBRN event. We also offer specific training to receive non-routine inspections (including measures to take if such inspections were triggered with a malign intent).