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Veronika Stromšíková

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons Czech Republic

Mrs. Veronika Stromšíková


Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 World CBRN & Medical Congress (CEBIRAM) 2016

Director, Office of Strategy and Policy
Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


Presentation

Chemical Terrorism and the Chemical Weapons Convention – Responding to an Emerging Threat

The presentation will first introduce the scope of the CWC and the role of the OPCW in chemical disarmament and prevention of re-emergence of chemical weapons. It will then look at ways how the OPCW can respond to the threat of toxic chemicals being misused by non-State Actors, including terrorists. It will  point both to the legal basis offered by the CWC and to different activities the OPCW can offer to face this emerging threat, as part of the larger CBRN risks reduction efforts.

Lastly, there will be a brief outline the OPCW mission in Syria and also of the process of removing chemical weapons arsenal from Libya which was primarily aimed at preventing the risk of the stored chemicals falling into the hands of terrorist groups.


Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Sept 1993 – Sept 1999             Faculty of Law

Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Aug 1999                                 Summer School of International Law

The Hague Academy of International Law, The Netherlands

 

Sept 1997 – Jun 1998               Rechtswissenschaftliche Fakultaet

                                               Karl Franzens Universitaet Graz, Austria

two semester studies in European Law and International Law

 

Professional Experience:

since June 2016                   Director, Office of Strategy and Policy (OSP)

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),

The Hague, Netherlands    

2014 – 2016                           Director, United Nations Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

 

2013 – 2014                 Head of Working Group, Department of Middle East

                               and North African Affairs

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

 

2009 – 2013                Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission

of the Czech Republic to the United Nations at Geneva

     Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

 

2008 – 2009                Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic

                                   to the UN at Geneva

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

 

2005 – 2007            Director, Human Rights Department                             

                                                Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

                              

2002 – 2005                  Political Officer, Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic

                                    to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg

             Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

 

1999 – 2002                           Desk Officer, Human Rights Department

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Prague

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