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Barry Kellman

  • Professor of Law; Director, International Weapons Control Center
  • Full-time
  • (312) 362-5258
  • 725 Lewis Center

Barry Kellman is a professor of law at DePaul University College of Law, currently teaching: International Criminal Law; Environmental Law; International Law of Peace and Security; International Environmental Justice; and The Law of Antiterrorism. He was the 2014 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Public International Law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden.

Professor Kellman works on the law of weapons and international security, focusing for 25 years on the control and eradication of chemical, biological, nuclear and conventional weapons. He has served as:

  • Senior Advisor to the Interpol Program on Prevention of Bioterrorism (2004-09) 
  • Legal Advisor to the National Commission on Terrorism (1999-2000)
  • Legal Advisor to the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Standards and Practices To Prevent Destructive Application of Advanced Biotechnology (2003-04)
  • Weapons Control Specialists, Group of Experts for Establishing A Secure Zone of Weapons of Mass Destruction in The Middle East (1995-99)
  • Chair, Group of Legal Experts, Legal Issues Concerning the Chemical Weapons Convention and The Convention’s National Implementation (1992)

Professor Kellman has consulted for the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, Energy and Homeland Security. He has organized 20 major international workshops on matters of weapons control lawmany in tandem with the United Nations and Interpolincluding the 2002 Airlie House Workshop which developed the concept of bio-criminalization, and the 2008 Kampala Workshop which issued the Kampala Compact linking the human right to health with security from the violent use of bioscience.

Professor Kellman holds a JD from Yale University Law School (1976) and a BA from the University of Chicago (1973). He is the author of Bioviolence – Preventing Biological Terrorism and Crime (Cambridge University Press 2007) and more than two dozen law review articles, as well as numerous essays, monographs, book chapters and reviews. He has testified multiple times to Congress. His work has been supported by more than a dozen foundation grants including from the MacArthur, Sloan, Carnegie and Ploughshares Foundations.

His current research interests include: (1) writing a book, Weapons Under Law, (2) teaching a new course on International Law of Weapons Control, and (3) writing two journal articles on nuclear disarmament and on control of directed energy weapons and missiles.


BA, University of Chicago; JD, Yale University


  • Articles
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  • Book Chapters
  • Book Reviews
  • Miscellaneous


2014 On Commercial Mining of Minerals In Outer Space: A Rejoinder To Dr Ricky J. Lee, 39 Air & Space L. 411–420 (2014) string;#
2014 Of Guns and Grotius, 7 J. Nat'l Sec. L. & Pol’y 465 (2014) string;#Click Here
2014 Space: The Fouled Frontier – Adjudicating Space Debris as An International Environmental Nuisance, J. Space Law (forthcoming, 2014) string;#
2014 Controlling The Arms Trade, 37 Fordham Int'l L. J. 687 (2014) string;#Click Here
2013 Rethink Plans to Loosen U.S. Arms Controls on Arms Exports, 43 (3) Arms Control Today 14-19 (2013) string;#Click Here
2011 The Biological Weapons Convention and the Democratization of Mass Violence, 2 Global Pol'y 210-216 (2011) string;#Click Here
2006 With John Harrington et al., National Security (International Legal Developments in Review: 2005), 40(2) Int'l Law. 487 (2006). string;#Click Here
2003 The Smart Border: Food Safety and Bioterrorism (Canada-U.S. Security and the Economy in the North American Context), 29 Can.-U.S. L.J. 197 (2003). string;#Click Here
2003 Regulation of Biological Research in the Terrorism Era, 13 Health Matrix 159 (2003). string;#Click Here
2002 An International Criminal Law Approach to Bioterrorism, 25 Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol’y 721 (2001-2002). string;#Click Here
2002 State Responsibility for Preventing Bioterrorism (Symposium: Terrorism's Burdens on Globalization), 36(1) Int'l Law. 29 (2002). string;#Click Here
2002 With John R. Burroughs et al., Arms Control and National Security (International Legal Developments in Review 2001), 36(2) Int'l Law. 471 (2002). string;#Click Here
2001 Biological Terrorism: Legal Measures for Preventing Catastrophe, 24(2) Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 417 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 With Stephen Dycus, International Law and National Security (International Legal Developments in Review: 2000), 35(2) Int'l Law. 811 (2001). string;#Click Here
2001 WMD Terrorism and International Enforcement, 17 No. 6 Int'l Enforcement L. Rep. 268 (2001). string;#Click Here
2000 Foreword to A Festschrift for Professor M. Cherif Bassiouni, 49 DePaul L. Rev. 893 (2000). string;#Click Here
2000 With Stephen Dycus, International Security (International Legal Developments in Review: 1999), 34(2) Int'l Law. 799 (2000). string;#Click Here
1999 The Role of Nuclear Weapons in Deterring Chemical and Biological Weapons Attacks: National and Non-National Threats (Nuclear Arms Control, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament in the Post-Cold War Security Environment), 31 (Supp.) Case W. Res. J. Int'l L. 619 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 An Introduction to Terrorism and Business (Terrorism and Business), 12 DePaul Bus. L.J. 21 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 With Stephen Dycus, International Security (International Legal Developments in Review: 1998), 33 (2) Int'l Law. 591 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 The Advent of International Chemical Regulation: The Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act, 25(2) J. Legis. 117 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 Catastrophic Terrorism - thinking fearfully, acting legally (Post-Cold War International Security Threats: Terrorism, Drugs, and Organized Crime Symposium), 20(3) Mich. J. Int'l L. 537 (1999). string;#Click Here
1999 National Missile Defense in the Context of Multilateral, Multifaceted Security, 4-Nexus J. Op. 73 (1999). string;#Click Here
1997 With Edward A. Tanzman, Chemical treaty deserves ratification, 53 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 15 (1997). string;#Click Here
1996 With David S. Gualtieri, Barricading the Nuclear Window - A Legal Regime to Curtail Nuclear Smuggling, 1996 U. Ill. L. Rev. 667 (1996). string;#Click Here
1995 With David S. Gualtieri & Edward A. Tanzman, Disarmament and Disclosure: How Arms Control Verification Can Proceed Without Threatening Confidential Business Information, 36 Harv. Int'l L.J. 71 (1995). string;#Click Here
1995 With David S. Gualtieri et al., Advancing the Law of Weapons Control - Comparative Approaches to Strengthen Nuclear Non-Proliferation, 16 Mich. J. Int'l L. 1029 (1995). string;#Click Here
1994 Bridling the International Trade of Catastrophic Weaponry, 43 Am. U. L. Rev. 755 (1994). string;#Click Here
1994 Etats-Unis, 65 Revue Internationale de Droit Penal 585 (1994). string;#
1990 With Edward A. Tanzman, Legal Implementation of the Multilateral Chemical Weapons Convention: Integrating International Security with the Constitution, 22 N.Y.U. J. Int’l L. & Pol. 475 (1990). string;#Click Here
1990 Democracy: Not an Expression of Hope, but of Necessity, 17 Hum. Rts. 2 (Fall/Winter 1990). string;#
1989 The Seventh Circuit on Environmental Regulation of Business, 65 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 757 (1989). string;#Click Here
1989 Judicial Abdication of Military Tort Accountability: But Who Is To Guard The Guards Themselves?, 1989 Duke L.J. 1597 (1989). string;#Click Here
1989 Railroading the Antitrust Laws: The Case of Pinney Dock and Transport Co. v. Penn Central Corp., 20 U. Tol. L. Rev. 591 (1989). string;#Click Here
1987 De-Coupling the Military/Industrial Complex - The Liability of Weapons Makers for Injuries to Servicemen, 35 Clev. St. L. Rev. 351 (1987). string;#Click Here
1987 China's Reform of Aviation: A Signal of the Significance of Competition under Law, 8 Nw. J. Int'l L. & Bus. 1 (1987). string;#Click Here
1985 With Ted Hiser, The Antitrust State Action Exemption: An Essay on Doctrinal Organization from Parker to Hallie and Southern Motor Carriers, 29 Wash. U.J. Urb. & Contemp. L. 83 (1985). string;#Click Here
1984 Anxiety over the TMI Accident: An Essay on NEPA's Limits of Inquiry, 51 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 219 (1983), reprinted in 15 Land Use & Env't L. Rev. 655 (1984). string;#Click Here
1981 With Nicholas J. Marino, City of Cleveland v. CEI: A Case Study in Attempts to Monopolize by Regulated Utilities, 30 Clev. St. L. Rev. 5 (1981). string;#Click Here
1980 De-utilizing the Energy Industry: Planning the Solar Transition, 28 UCLA L. Rev. 1 (1980). string;#Click Here
1979 Vertical Territorial Restrictions and the Limits of Planning, 46 Antitrust L.J. 1107 (1977). string;#Click Here


2007 Bioviolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime (New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007). string;#
1998 Annex to the Manual on the International Control and Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (Chicago : International Criminal Justice and Weapons Control Center, DePaul University College of Law ; Siracusa, Italy : Istituto Superiore Internazionale de Scienze Criminale (1998)). string;#
1998 With Edward A. Tanzman, Manual for National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (2d ed., International Criminal Justice and Weapons Control Center, 1998). string;#
1998 Manual on the International Control and Elimination of Weapons of Mass Destruction (prepared for the Group of Experts on Arms Control and Regional Security in the Middle East, 1998). string;#
1994 With Edward Tanzman, Implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention: Legal Issues (Lawyers Alliance for World Security, Committee on National Security, 1994). string;#
1993 Manual for National Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (prepared by Barry Kellman, 1993). string;#
1985 Private Antitrust Litigation (Commerce Clearing House, 1985). string;#
1974 Report on Urban Homesteading and Housing Rehabilitation in Connecticut (Yale Law School, 1974). string;#

Book Chapters

2015 Legal Metrics of Nonproliferation Verification, forthcoming book chapter of The International Law Association Project on Compliance with Nuclear Non-Proliferation Obligations (2015) string;#
2010 Bioviolence: Facing the Prevention Challenge, in Legal Issues in the Struggle against Terror (Carolina Academic Press 2010) string;#
2010 Emerging Dangers of Biological Weapons, in The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies (Routledge 2010) string;#
1997 The Legality of the Use or Possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction, in International Criminal Law (Cherif Bassiouni ed., 1997). string;#
1996 International Consensus and States Non-Parties, in Future Legal Restraints on Arms Proliferation (United Nations, 1996). string;#

Book Reviews

2000 Review Essay, Clashing Perspectives on Terrorism: The New Terrorism, Fanaticism and the Arms of Mass Destruction (Walter Laqueur) / The Ultimate Terrorists (Jessica Stren) / Superterrorism: Assassins, Mobsters, and Weapons of Mass Destruction (Glenn Schweitzer) / Terrorism & the Constitution: Sacrificing Civil Liberties in the Name of National Security (James X. Dempsey and David Cole), 94 Am. J. Int'l L. 434 (2000). string;#Click Here
1998 Book Review, The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (HTML) (e-doc) (a web browser) (Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, Inc., 1998). string;#Click Here
1997 Book Review, The Chemical Weapons Taboo, 92 Am. J. Int'l. L. 160 (1998) (Richard M. Price ed., Cornell University Press, 1997). string;#Click Here


2016 Judge Garland's Environmental Decisions, 46 Entl. L. Rep. 10553 (2016) string;#
2014 MH 17 and The Missile Threat To Aviation, 18 ASIL Insights (2014) string;#Click Here
2012 President Obama and International Law On The Use of Chemical Weapons, Arms Control Law (December 5, 2012) string;#Click Here
2012 Accountability for the Use of Chemical Weapons, International Criminal Law Bureau (December 9, 2012) string;#Click Here
1994 Applicability of Chemical Weapons: Convention Verification Provisions for Strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime, (Draft Report to the US Dept. of Energy, International Safeguards Division, Oct. 1994) string;#
1993 Human Rights and the Environment (submitted in response to the request of the Secretary-General of the United Nations under resolution 1992/31) (1993). string;#
1992 Crimes Against the Environment: Responses To Questionnaire for the United States of America (submitted for the Preparatory Colloquium of the XVth International Congress on Penal Law of the Association Internationale de Droit Penal) (1992). string;#
1991 'Greening' of Global Trade Needed, 137 Chi. Daily L. Bull., Dec. 10, 1991 at 2, col. 5. string;#Click Here
1991 The Struggle to Limit Arms, Nat'l L. J., May 20, 1991 at 17, col. 1. string;#
1988 The Military Contractor Defense: Immunizing Private Corporations, Nat'l L.J., April 18, 1988 at 30, col. 1. string;#