International platform for disarmament and non-proliferation dialogue, research and education

Laura Rockwood

Executive Director


Laura Rockwood, Executive Director
Laura Rockwood, Executive Director

Areas of Research

  • IAEA safeguards
  • Nuclear non-proliferation
  • Disarmament verification
  • Education and training in nuclear non-proliferation and IAEA safeguards


Laura Rockwood was appointed as Executive Director of the VCDNP as of 1 June 2015. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. Ms. Rockwood retired in November 2013 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. 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.


Laura Rockwood received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington DC Bar Association.


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