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Experts to debate crucial questions on chemical and biological weapons at LSE

On Thursday 6 November the Centre for the Study of Global Governance presents a Global Civil Society Round Table Discussion with Daniel Feakes, Ron Manley, Dr Sue Mayer, and Professor Matthew Meselson to be chaired Professor Nikolas Rose.

This timely and important debate takes place as we await the results of the Hutton Inquiry, as the search for weapons of mass destruction continues in Iraq and as concern about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction increases in the developed world.

Questions to be asked on the night include which countries have declared or undeclared chemical and biological weapons programmes, what are the latest technical and political developments, and what are the challenges this issue presents to global civil society?

The roundtable participants are:

  • Daniel Feakes, research fellow, SPRU, Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex
  • Ron Manley, formerly of the UK Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, UNSCOM Destruction Advisory Panel and OPCW
  • Sue Mayer, executive director of GeneWatch UK
  • Matthew Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard
  • Chair: Nikolas Rose, professor of sociology and director of the BIOS Research Centre for the study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at LSE

Daniel Feakes is the author of Global Civil Society and Biological and Chemical Weapons, which appears in the yearbook Global Civil Society 2003 recently launched at the LSE. In this work Daniel argues that the way the issue of biological and chemical weapons has been framed has been helpful in developing a legal regime prohibiting these weapons, but unhelpful in attracting grassroots civil society activism. 

It is this groundbreaking contribution to the debate on chemical and biological weapons that has been the inspiration for this event. The chapter and yearbook are freely downloadable at Global Governance|

Date: Thursday 6 November 2003
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis. For more information please email Jill Timms at j.l.timms@lse.ac.uk| or phone 0207 7955 6628.


To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Updated 3 November 2003