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Overview on Italian Policy and Institutions on Prevention of Biological Weapons, BWC, and Biosecurity

Italy, the Biological Weapons Convention and the Prevention Regimes of Biological Weapons Italy was one of the first signatories to the Geneva Protocol of 1925 (which was ratified in 1928), and remains a State Party to the 1972 BTWC. Italy signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) on April 10, 1972 and ratified it in May 30, 1975. It was also among the 46 States Parties participating (see the Final Report of VEREX)  in the Ad Hoc Group of Governmental Experts to Identify and Examine Potential Verification Measures from a Scientific and Technical Standpoint (VEREX). In a Working Paper in 1992  (Working Paper By Italy on Verification Measures, VEREX 1992, ...

Dual Use Ethics, is More Better?

By James Revill Ethical training represents a valuable and prevalent vehicle through which to engage scientists with dual use issues in university life science curricula. However, perhaps there is a need for caution in our expectations of ‘ethics’.  Indeed, ethics is not a monolithic concept; rather there are a number of different ethical perspectives and frameworks that can be applied generate vastly differing ‘ethical’ responses and solutions to the same problem. For example, at the academic level, much of the work done on bioethics is consistently supportive of the broader objectives of preventing the hostile exploitation of the life sciences and branding the development, production and use of biological weapons as the behaviour of a pariah, not ...

Biological Weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention: Bioethics and Dual-Use

Paper n.4 of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects
By Malcolm Dando

The fourth paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects is by Prof. Malcolm Dando, expert of the Network and Professor at the University of Bradford in the UK. The paper provides a brief introduction on the considerations given by bioethics to the “dual use dilemma”.

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