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EU Summer University on Strategic Trade Controls and Non-Proliferation

EU Summer University on Strategic Trade Controls and Non-Proliferation

Event date: 09/07/2018 - 13/07/2018

The EU organised for fourth year its Summer University on Strategic Trade Controls and Non-Proliferation in Baden, Austria, the EU Member State who took over the presidency of the EU Council in July 1st. This summer university provided an opportunity to more than 30 practitioners and academics coming from countries as diverse as Mexico, Jamaica, Iraq, Senegal, Ukraine, Philippines and several others to be immersed in main export control concepts including challenges in implementing and enforcing trade controls. The diversity of the group was mirrored also in terms of backgrounds and originating organisations of the attendees. Chemists, economists, diplomats and naturally academics active in the non-proliferation field made up a unique canvas representing expertise from licensing, customs, investigation and other authorities dealing with international security threats and export control problems.

The primary purpose of the university was to impart knowledge and best practices on export control matters with a variety of practitioners originating primarily from partner countries of the EU P2P programme on dual-use goods. While some participants had a long experience of export control matters, the majority of participants were relatively new to the topic either because they have recently joined the export control teams in their home country or because their home country is itself moving to adopt export controls for the first time. A second objective of the summer university was thus to develop connections between practitioners from around the world.

To promote dialogue, participants in the summer university were asked to act in their personal capacity rather than in their official capacities. The event was held under the Chatham House rule and in a semi-academic format.

The university curriculum included lectures on topics such as recent geopolitical developments, technology transfers and proliferation history, introduction to GATT exceptions and the EU export control system, compliance measures, proliferation financing and trends of illicit trade. Seven experts from the University of Liege, the King's College London, the EC Joint Research Center as well as renowned freelance experts shared their expertise and facilitated interactive discussions and practice-oriented exercises. The Chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) Consultative Group (CG) Diego Cándano Laris provided a lecture on the main NSG principles, recent developments and challenges faced by this informal multilateral group of governments setting common rules for the exports of nuclear and nuclear related dual-use technologies.

Furthermore, the University included visits to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP).

The summer university concluded with an exam and a ceremony for the award of the certificates to the participants by the Austrian Presidency (Volker Holubetz, Chair of the Austrian Committee on Atomic Questions).


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