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24 February 2020

The 2020 edition of the Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice presents:

Contextualizing the Arms Trade Treaty:
Law, Politics and the Everyday Reality of Conflict

Roughly 217,000 people lost their lives to firearms-related violence in 2017—covering conflict and non-conflict deaths . The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) entered into force in 2014. It is the first international, legally binding instrument that regulates the transfer of conventional arms. The adoption of the ATT was an achievement in and of itself. However, how effective has the ATT been in actually regulating the arms trade? Has the ATT changed the behavior of states parties? Has it managed to curb arms sales into conflict-affected and problematic states?

The 2020 edition of the Joakim Dungel Lectures in International Justice aims to contextualize the Arms Trade Treaty. It will unpack the facts and figures about the international—licit and illicit—arms trade, shed light on the content and implementation of the ATT and to assess to what extent it has accomplished what it set out to do.

Please register and join us for an afternoon of expert lectures and discussions!

Date: Monday, 24 February 2020
Time: 13.00-16.30
Place: Malmstensalen, School of Business, Economics and Law, Gothenburg University
Address: Vasagatan 1, 405 30 Göteborg

These annual Lectures were instituted in 2012 to honour the life and work of Joakim Dungel, an alumnus of Gothenburg University who was killed on 1 April 2011 in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan, where he was working as a human rights legal officer for the United Nations. The Lectures are sponsored by the non-profit Association in Memory of Joakim Dungel (Swedish: Föreningen Joakim Dungels Minne, ideell förening).


13:00 Word of Welcome and Introduction, Emilia Dungel and Sari Kouvo

13:15-14:15 Session I: International Perspectives on the Arms Trade Treaty: Law, Politics and Conflict (Chair: Sari Kouvo)

The Global Authorized Arms Trade: Facts, Figures, and Context, Paul Holtom

The Arms Trade Treaty: Background, Aims, and Context, Paul Beijer and Paul Holtom

14:15-14:35 Coffee
Coffee is served in connection to Malmstenssalen

14:35-15:35 Session II: Swedish Perspectives on the Arms Trade Treaty and Sweden: Law, Politics, and Business (Chair: Paul Holtom)

The Swedish Defense Industry and Arms Trade: Facts, Figures and Developments, Linda Åkerström

Sweden’s Role in Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty, Paul Beijer

15:35-16:30 Panel discussion
Question and answers for all three speakers

16.30-16.45 Concluding Remarks, Sari Kouvo

Expert Speaker Bios

Ambassador Paul Beijer
Ambassador Paul Beijer is a retired diplomat with over 30 years experience with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He is currently working part-time for the Ministry as a negotiator and in parallel as a private consultant. He is a Distinguished Associate Fellow at SIPRI and participates as an expert in the EU program for ATT Implementation Assistance and other ATT outreach efforts. Ambassador Beijer worked in various capacities in the Swedish export control sector from 1992-2001 and was Director of Strategic Export Controls in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs 1998-2001. During 2010-2017, Paul Beijer was lead negotiator for Sweden in the UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). He was subsequently tasked with preparing Sweden’s ratification of the Treaty. From 2010 to 2017 when he retired, Ambassador Beijer was also Sweden’s representative to the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies. In 2016, he chaired the Wassenaar Arrangement General Working Group, as well as the UN Register Group of Governmental Experts, and the Arms Trade Treaty Working Group on Reporting Templates. In 2001 he chaired the EU Working Group on Conventional Arms Exports COARM. He has also served as Sweden’s ambassador to the DPRK 2001–05, and to Bulgaria 2008–10. Other foreign postings include Angola 1984-87, and Paris (OECD) 1987-88. He worked as GATT Uruguay Round negotiator 1989-92. Following his posting to Pyongyang, he worked as Special Advisor to the Swedish Government on Korean Peninsula Issues 2006-2008.

Paul Holtom
Dr. Paul Holtom is a senior researcher at the Small Arms Survey. He was the Director of the SIPRI Arms Transfers Programme during 2009-2013 and a senior research fellow at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University (UK) during 2014-2017. He has served as the technical adviser to the 2013, 2016, and 2019 UN Groups of Governmental Experts on the UN Register of Conventional Arms. He has worked with governments, UN agencies, EU, OSCE, academic institutions, and NGOs to conduct research into, and build capacity to address, the illicit trade and uncontrolled proliferation of conventional arms, including small arms and light weapons (SALW) and ammunition. Dr. Holtom has authored or co-authored numerous publications on the arms trade and international peace and security, with a particular focus on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), multilateral sanctions, and international instruments to combat the illicit arms trade. He holds a PhD and MA in Russian and Eastern European Studies from the University of Birmingham (UK) and a BA Joint Honours in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Liverpool (UK).

Linda Åkerström
Linda Åkerström is the Head of Disarmament at the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska Freds- och Skiljedomsföreningen/SPAS), where she leads work on disarmament and against the arms trade, providing research, analysis and advocacy. SPAS is Sweden's largest peace organisation, founded in 1883. Åkerström is author of the book Den Svenska Vapenexporten (Eng. The Swedish Weapons’ Export), including several other books about the Swedish arms trade and security policy issues and has more than a decade of experience working in Sweden, with efforts directed as well as toward the EU and UN. She has an MA in Political Science from Södertörn University.

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