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Law conference will focus on nuclear security

The School of Law, its Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and the Dean Rusk Center will host a conference titled “Fallout: The Future of Nuclear Security and Non-Proliferation” on Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall. The conference is free to attend and open to the public, and no pre-registration is required.

This daylong event will evaluate the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and will include in-depth discussions on the future legal framework for nuclear non-proliferation, balancing nuclear energy and security, and emerging nuclear threats.

“The most recent revisions to the U.N. Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty could have serious impacts on the effort to contain the spread of nuclear technology,” said C. Donald Johnson, director of the Dean Rusk Center. “We are pleased to sponsor such a timely and relevant conference to examine this global topic.”

The conference will include a keynote address by Larry D. Johnson, former United Nations assistant secretary general for legal affairs and current Columbia Law School adjunct professor. Previously, Johnson was the legal adviser of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna.

Also providing insights into the matter will be notable speakers from around the country, including former and current employees of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N., the National Nuclear Security Administration, the Defense Department, the U.S. State Department and the Energy Department.

“We are excited and honored to have leading legal scholars, practitioners and policymakers come and offer their expertise,” said David S. Ballard, executive conference editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law. “Nuclear non-proliferation is an important issue that everyone needs to be paying attention to as it not only affects our generation, but generations to come.”