Disarmament & Non-Proliferation of WMD Training Programme

01 - 05 October 2018
  • Starts at: 09:00h
  • Fee: € 1,495
  • Venue: T.M.C. Asser Instituut
  • Organiser: T.M.C. Asser Instituut and The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
  • Address: R.J. Schimmelpennincklaan 20-22
    2517 JN The Hague
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In August 2010, the T.M.C Asser Instituut and the OPCW launched the first Summer Programme on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (“WMD Summer Programme”). In its first years the programme has established itself as a highly regarded educational resource for advanced graduate students and early- to mid-career professionals with interests in WMD diplomacy and treaty implementation. The WMD training programme continually evolves and discusses cross-cutting aspects in high-level panels and now introduces more interactive elements such as a debate and a simulation exercise.

During this intensive week, participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview of non-proliferation and disarmament efforts regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction. The programme content is delivered by a group of experienced and internationally renowned experts and diplomats in the fields of international law, security and related disciplines. The interactive sessions are complemented with a simulation exercise and field visits to a nuclear reactor and a chemical weapons research laboratory.

What will you gain?

  • Hands-on knowledge of the diplomatic, legal and technical aspects of disarmament and non-proliferation;
  • Insight into the work of key professionals in the area of WMD, seasoned with their personal experiences; and
  • Unique networking opportunities with speakers and participants from diverse backgrounds.

See programme here

Who should participate?

The training programme is designed for early- to mid-career professionals working for governments, for example national export control bodies, national authorities for the implementation of the CWC/BWC and national nuclear agencies. Individuals working for nongovernmental organisations, think tanks addressing WMD concerns and research centres in related disciplines are also invited to apply.


  • Registration for this programme is now open, please click on the register button above to fill out the form.

Please read the Registration Information and Conditions carefully before registration.

€ 1495

This fee includes lectures, study materials, study visits, water/tea/coffee and lunch during working days, a reception and an opening dinner. 

The fee does not cover (international) travel costs, domestic travel to and from airports, (hotel) accommodation, insurance or other expenses. The T.M.C. Asser Instituut can provide prospective participants with a list of suitable hotels in The Hague.

4 Full scholarships available (CLOSED)
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has generously offered to fund 4 full scholarships.

The scholarships entail: Tuition fee, international travel, accommodation, per diem allowance, and if applicable, any visa charges and medical insurance.

We are no longer accepting applications for scholarships. 

Selection Criteria for Scholarships
Potential candidates should have excellent English language skills (written and spoken), they should be working in the field of (or related to) WMDs and they should be a national of and be working in at least one of the countries mentioned in the list of Low/Lower-Middle Income Economies of the World Bank. To apply for the scholarship selection process the following documents must be submitted:

  • Completed registration form; 
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Letter of motivation (max. 200 words), including an argument for scholarship eligibility;
  • Letter of recommendation from current employer.

​The Asser Institute may in addition request a proof of proficiency in English. All scholarship applications will be reviewed by a panel of academics and professionals from both the Asser Institute and the OPCW. Those selected will have to submit a small report (max 3 pages) within one month after the Training Programme.

For more information or questions please contact educationtraining@asser.nl.