Laura Rockwood - Moderator

Laura Rockwood is the Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation. She recently assumed this position following a year and a half as a resident Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs ‘Managing the Atom’ project.


In November 2013 Ms Rockwood retired from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, where she had served since 1985. During her employment with the IAEA, she was involved in all aspects of the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards and was the principal author of the document that became the Model Additional Protocol. She participated in high level negotiations on the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and in the negotiations between the IAEA, the United States and the Russian Federation on the Trilateral Initiative and the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement. She has also participated in three Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conferences.


In July 2012 Ms Rockwood was honoured with 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.


Prior to working for the IAEA she was employed by the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases and as counsel in general legal matters.


She received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and a JD from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Bar Association of Washington, DC.