On 26 and 27 August 2015, the Terrorism Prevention Branch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC/TPB) convened in Vienna an Expert Group Meeting on the Development of a Training Module on the International Legal Framework against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism.
The event brought together some 20 experts from Member States, as well as representatives from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Maritime Organization, the 1540 Committee Group of Experts, the Centre for Science and Security Studies at King's College London, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
The meeting aimed to obtain an expert peer review of the UNODC/TPB counter-terrorism legal training curriculum's new draft module dealing with the international legal instruments against CBRN terrorism. Consistent with the mandates and focus of the UNODC work, the target audience of the counter-terrorism legal training curriculum includes prosecutors and judges, investigators and other law enforcement officials, policymakers and government officials from concerned key departments - notably foreign affairs, justice and interior - who are involved in legislative drafting, international cooperation in criminal matters, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorist crimes or have responsibilities with regard to the ratification of international treaties. The curriculum utilizes a train-the-trainer approach aimed at transferring to the practitioners in the Member States the knowledge and expertise needed to strengthen their capacity to implement the international legal framework against terrorism.