The Implementation of Legally Binding Measures to Strengthen the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

  • Marie Isabelle Chevrier
  • Krzysztof Chomiczewski
  • Henri Garrigue
  • György Granasztói
  • Malcolm R. Dando
  • Graham S. Pearson

Part of the NATO Science Series II: Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry book series (NAII, volume 150)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. The Implementation of Legally Binding Measures to Strengthen the BTWC

  3. The Requirement for Legally Binding Measures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Kathryn Nixdorff, Dagmar Schilling, Mark Hotz
      Pages 33-51
  4. Implementation of Legally Binding Measures

About these proceedings


Incidents of bioterrorism and biowarfare are likely to recur, leading to increased public concern and government action. The deficiencies of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) are in urgent need of attention: the BTWC is the central international agreement to prevent the proliferation of biological warfare programmes.

Uniquely, this book is written by diplomats involved in the decade-long effort (1991-2001) in which State Parties to the BTWC tried to agree a Protocol to the Convention with legally binding measures to strengthen its effectiveness, and academics concerned with the negotiations. Just before negotiations foundered, when the Chairman's proposed text was virtually complete, the problems and proposed solutions were examined thoroughly, leading to this book.

The book is wide-ranging in its review of the history of biological warfare, the reasons why the current biological revolution is of such concern, and the main features of the BTWC itself. The core of the book examines the key elements of the proposed protocol - declarations, visits, challenge-type investigations, and enhanced international cooperation - and the implications for government, industry and biodefence, giving us all a better understanding of what still remains to be done to avert a biowarfare catastrophe.


Chemical Weapons Evolution Nation biotechnology education toxin weapons

Editors and affiliations

  • Marie Isabelle Chevrier
    • 1
  • Krzysztof Chomiczewski
    • 2
  • Henri Garrigue
    • 3
  • György Granasztói
    • 4
  • Malcolm R. Dando
    • 5
  • Graham S. Pearson
    • 5
  1. 1.University of TexasDallasUSA
  2. 2.Military Institute of Hygiene and EpidemiologyWarsawPoland
  3. 3.WMD CentreNATO HQBrusselsBelgium
  4. 4.Teleki László InstituteBudapestHungary
  5. 5.Department of Peace StudiesUniversity of BradfordEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2096-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2098-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2609
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