02.21 - Guest Speaker Rob Schwartz Staff Attorney...

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Guest Speaker: Rob Schwartz Staff Attorney, Tri-Valley CAREs [Watchdog for Lawrence Laboratory] 02.21.08 Intro: How he got involved - DOE currently operating a Biosafety Level 3 facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Tri-Valley CAREs filed litigation in 2003 involving the BSL-3 facility. Tri-Valley CAREs won in the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals: DOE must consider the threat of terrorist activity on the BSL-3 facility. [BSL- 4 must be isolated for health security reasons…] - Community should be aware and let know how to stock up and prepare for emergencies Biological Weapons Convention: - The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, commonly known as the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) opened for signature in 1972 and entered into force in 1975. - It was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning an entire category of weapons - The BWC is a key element in the international community’s efforts to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction - The BWC currently has 159 states parties and 15 signatories BWC’s prohibitions:
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-Art I: Each state party to the BWC undertakes never in any circumstances to develop, produce, stockpile or otherwise retain: Microbial or other biological agens Toxins -“of types and in quantities that have no justification for prophylactic, protective, or other peaceful purposes” - Prophylactic: guarding from or preventing the spread or occurrence of disease or infection - Offensive vs. Defensive: defensive okay - Do the US efforts cross the line?/ What about the other countries? - Real life example from US- Pentagon effort to genetically engineer a potentially more potent variant of the bacterium that causes anthrax offensive program -defense: if other countries produce a form of anthrax more dangerous, we need to create the form first to test it and see if we can come up with an antidote
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  • Spring '08
  • Cipolat
  • Biological warfare, Biological Weapons Convention, BWC, adHoc BWC conf, BWC Review Conf, Tri- Valley CAREs

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