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Kittrie chairs panel at ASIL annual meeting

April 01, 2011

Professor Orde F. Kittrie, of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, chaired a panel titled, “Responding to Nuclear Security Challenges in a Fragmented World,” at the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) on March 24.

The panel featured Rose Gottemoeller, the Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance; Ken Handelman, the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Security Affairs, and David Huizenga, Principal Deputy Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration at the Department of Energy.

The panel examined progress achieved, and challenges faced, in international nuclear security efforts including: President Obama's initiative to “lock down” all weapons-grade nuclear material, which was the focus of his 2010 nuclear security summit; bilateral efforts to secure nuclear weapons material and technology under the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program; and multilateral efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear-weapon-grade material.

Kittrie moderated and helped organize the panel in his capacity as chair of ASIL’s Nonproliferation, Arms Control & Disarmament Interest Group.

Kittrie is a leading expert on nuclear nonproliferation, and especially nuclear nonproliferation legal issues and sanctions, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has testified on nonproliferation issues before both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and recently served as one of 12 members of a special Congressionally-created committee to make recommendations on how to better prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Prior to joining the law faculty, Kittrie served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as the lead attorney for nuclear affairs.

Staci McCabe,
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Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law