|Civil society preparations for the 7th BWC Review Conference 2011||The Authors|
How do we ensure global accountability of biodefence activities?
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Kirk C. Bansak - "Toward a culture and regime of transparency" - 14 September 2011 ↓expand↓
Chandré Gould - "Practical suggestions for increasing transparency and accountability of biodefence programmes" - 27 October 2011 ↓expand↓
Victoria Sutton - "Regulatory systems need to be simple and cost-effective" - 4 December 2011 ↓expand↓
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Kirk C. Bansak is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is specializing in international security studies and Asia Pacific regional studies. Prior to that, he worked as a Research Associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where he focused on chemical and biological weapons nonproliferation issues. Recent works of his have been published by the Nonproliferation Review, Arms Control Today, and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He received his BA from Harvard University in 2009.
Chandré Gould is a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies in South Africa. Between 1996 and 1999 she was an investigator and evidence analyst for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where she was involved in the investigation of Project Coast - the chemical and biological weapons programme of the Apartheid government. She continued research into Project Coast after the TRC. She has written widely on the South African chemical and biological weapons programme and the trial of Dr Wouter Basson, the head of that programme. In 2006 she obtained her PhD from Rhodes University. Recent publications include a 2009 book co-edited with Brian Rappert, titled ‘Biosecurity: Origins, transformations and practices’ (Palgrave). She has been engaged in various initiatives in South Africa and elsewhere in Africa to discuss dual-use issues with life scientists and to develop educational programmes on dual-use issues. She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa’s Working Group on Biosafety and Biosecurity.
Victoria Sutton is a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy at Texas Tech University.