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Leading Nuclear Expert to Speak on Slowing Proliferation

September 22, 2009

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT.-Nuclear nonproliferation expert Leonard S. Spector will discuss the worldwide spread of nuclear weapons capabilities and possible legal remedies on September 29 at Vermont Law School. Spector, deputy director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, will speak on "Slowing Proliferation: Why Legal Tools Matter." Among the recent nuclear developments Mr. Spector will address are those in Iran, South Korea, Pakistan, and Syria.

"The legal rules of nonproliferation matter but they are under enormous challenge right now," notes Mr. Spector. He will describe those challenges-terrorism is one-and how they might be met, drawing on a long and distinguished career in U.S. efforts to contain proliferation of nuclear arms and other weapons of mass destruction.

Mr. Spector currently directs the Washington, D.C. office of the California-based Monterey Institute's James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, the largest nongovernmental organization in the United States devoted exclusively to research and training on nonproliferation issues. He is also editor-in-chief of the center's publications. He formerly worked with the U.S. Department of Energy as an assistant deputy administrator for arms control and nonproliferation at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He has also served as senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of its Nuclear Nonproliferation Project, and as chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Proliferation Subcommittee, where he assisted in drafting the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act and the Nuclear Waste Policy Act. He is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Leonard Spector appears at Vermont Law School as the Sterry R. Waterman lecturer, honoring the late senior judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and a former president of the Vermont Law School Board of Trustees. The lecture is free and open to the public, and takes place at 4:00 p.m. in the Jonathon B. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, Vermont.

For more information please call 831-1225 or visit the Sterry R. Waterman Lecture page.
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