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Laura Rockwood Luncheon

WiN IAEA held a luncheon with Ms Laura Rockwood, Section head of the Office of Legal Affairs (Non-proliferation and Policy Making Section), IAEA. The title of the talk was “A View from Venus: One Woman’s Experience in Nuclear Diplomacy”.


When: Wednesday 6th November 2013,  12:30 -14:00 h

Where: VIC Restaurant, Mozart Room



Short Biography for  Laura Rockwood


Laura Rockwood is the Section Head for Non‑ Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA, where she has served since 1985. She has been responsible for all legal aspects of the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards agreements and protocols, and resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council. Ms Rockwood has served as the primary legal advisor in the IAEA’s strengthening safeguards activities, and was the principal author of the document that became the Model Additional Protocol. She served as counsel for the IAEA’s Action Team and Iraq Nuclear Verification Office (INVO) from 1991 through 2005. She has participated in three NPT Review Conferences, including the 1995 Review and Extension Conference, as well as in the Director General’s Expert Group on Multilateral Approaches to the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. In July 2012, Ms Rockwood was honoured with the receipt of the Distinguished Service Award from the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM), which is awarded for long-term noteworthy accomplishments in, and service to, the nuclear materials management profession. She also received in 2012 a personal promotion from the Director General of the IAEA in recognition of her exceptional dedication over many years to the work of the Agency.

Ms. Rockwood received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1973, and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1976, following which she worked for the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association.