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Barry Kellman

  • Professor of Law
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  • 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

Selected Work​s