VERTIC (the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre) is an independent, non-profit-making charitable organization. Established in 1986, VERTIC supports the development, implementation and verification of international agreements as well as initiatives in related areas.
VERTIC provides this support through research and analysis, assistance and training, dissemination of information, and interaction with the governmental, diplomatic, technical, scientific and non-governmental communities.
VERTIC’s work focuses on the development and application of monitoring, reporting, review, verification and compliance mechanisms, and on national implementation measures.
VERTIC is based in central London, governed by a Board of Trustees and advised by an International Verification Consultants Network. It is funded by philanthropic foundations, governments and other organizations and is regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Reg. Co. No. 3616935, Reg. Charity No. 1073051).
Verification Research, Training and Information Centre - VERTIC
56-64 Leonard Street
Tel: +44 (0)20 7065 0880
Fax: +44 (0)20 7065 0890
Cédric Apercé - Legal Officer
Cédric is a Legal Officer for VERTIC's National Implementation Measures programme, where he works on the national implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540, the Biological Weapons Convention and the Chemical Weapons Convention.
Prior to joining VERTIC, Cédric was a British Red Cross Research Fellow on the joint British Red Cross/International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) project on customary international humanitarian law. He formerly worked as a legal attaché at the ICRC Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law in Geneva, and as a legal assistant to the United Nations International Law Commission. Cédric also conducted several internships with Avocats sans Frontières France, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the International Institute for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in Geneva.
Cédric holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy (Switzerland), a Master in International and Comparative Law from the University of Toulouse (France), as well as a Master of Comparative Law from the Universities of Mannheim (Germany) and Adelaide (Australia).
Jinkyung Baek - Intern
Jinkyung Baek joined VERTIC in November 2017. Her research interests are on nuclear non-proliferation, international cooperation and terrorism. She recently finished her master’s degree from the University of Warwick majoring in International Relations where she focused her research on terrorism and the Westphalian system. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies majoring in European Studies from De La Salle University in the Philippines.
Jinkyung previously worked at the National Research Foundation of Korea as a temporary researcher. She also interned at the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea in the Science, Technology and Innovation team under the Trade section. In the Philippines, she was a trainee at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
Jinkyung speaks Korean, English, Filipino and basic Spanish. More details about Jinkyung can be found in her public profile on Linked-in.
As the Programme Assistant to the National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, Yasemin provides administrative and legal research support to the Programme. She received her bachelor´s degree from University College Utrecht (Utrecht University) and her LLM degree in Public International Law from the University of Cambridge, where she studied on a Huygens Scholarship.
Before joining VERTIC, Yasemin worked as a policy officer at Cordaid, an international development NGO in The Hague, and was a Lantos/Humanity in Action Fellow at the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States House of Representatives. Yasemin holds joint Dutch/Turkish nationality and speaks Dutch, Turkish and English.
Helen Cummings - Adminstrator
Helen joined Vertic in September 2017 as Administrator. She provides office management and support to all the team.
Helen’s career to date has chiefly been in Banking and where she was responsible for managing operations, creating business procedures, streamlining processes and building controls.
- Pro-Bono Consultant to the Arms
Control and Disarmament Programme
Sonia is currently a PhD candidate in international law at University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, where she also teaches international relations and constitutional law. Her research focuses on the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency within the non-proliferation regime. She has been volunteering for VERTIC on the Arms control and disarmament programme since 2010, helping with research, reports and T&V publication.
She holds a master degree in international law and international organisations from University Paris I, and a university diploma in international nuclear law from University Montpellier 1/ Nuclear Energy Agency.
Sonia is also a junior associate research fellow at the French Centre for international security and arms control studies (CESIM) and the PR and Europe liaison for the International network of emerging nuclear specialists (INENS). She is based in Paris.
Tom Hobson - Science Fellow
Tom is a researcher and project consultant working in the broad spheres of international security, technology and global governance. He is currently completing PhD research in International Security at the University of Bath. His work has covered a range of issues including : the development and use of autonomous weaponry,; biosecurity and the military application of advanced biotech; biometric surveillance; taboo weaponry; the role of technology in the practice of war and state violence; water security and environmental sustainability.
Tom joined VERTIC in 2017 as the organisation's first security & technology research fellow. He will be conducting research on the security implications of contemporary innovations in biotechnology, and how these technologies might be managed by new or existing prohibition and governance regimes.
Tom has also worked as a biosecurity and risk consultant for organisations such as BioSecu.re and has advised on the development of sustainable security measures for synthetic biology.
He holds an MSc. in Global Security from the University of Glasgow as well as an MA in Central and East European Studies from the same institution.
Larry MacFaul - Senior Researcher
Larry MacFaul manages the Environment Programme and works on Arms Control & Disarmament Programme projects. Larry carries out analysis, and provides advice and capacity building on the UN climate change regime to a range of stakeholders. He focuses on options for developing climate change institutions and procedures at the international and national level, and engages closely with groups working on these issues, including governments, international organizations, civil society, research bodies and the private sector. Larry also works on identifying ways to track and improve REDD policy development and implementation. He has acted as a facilitator for in-country capacity building workshops for governments in Africa and Europe, in partnership with international agencies.
Larry also assesses progress in developing best practice in natural resource use and trade. He collaborated with Chatham House on their major project evaluating progress by governments and the private sector on tackling illegal logging worldwide. The initiative has involved developing an innovative set of indicators, a forest governance assessment framework, expert surveys and trend evaluation methodologies. Chatham House and VERTIC worked with in-country partners around the world to collect and evaluate data. The project resulted in the most thorough assessment to date in this field, along with recommendations on pathways for improvements.
His work on arms control & disarmament includes acting as facilitator during on-site activities for VERTIC’s UK-Norway project on verified dismantlement of nuclear warheads, as well as editing and assisting authors preparing ACD and NIM papers. He has also researched and published on verification issues in the arms trade, and provided lessons from environmental treaties to governments involved in initiatives to develop the Arms Trade Treaty.
Larry has a Master's degree in Environmental Assessment and Evaluation from the London School of Economics and a BA Hons in Classics from Oxford University.
Alberto Muti - Senior Researcher
Alberto Muti is a Senior Researcher for VERTIC's Verification and Monitoring Programme, where he leads the organisation's work on IAEA Safeguards and Nuclear Security. He also contributes research and analysis to work on other areas, including nuclear and biological arms control and conventional and cyber security.
Alberto's work and expertise encompass planning and delivering capacity-building programmes, conducting workshops, designing tabletop simulations and "serious games" for research and training purposes, and developing innovative tools to facilitate and enhance research and analytical work.
Alberto holds a Master's Degree in Non-Proliferation and International Security for King's College London. In the past, he has worked for King's College London's Center for Science and Security Studies, focusing on Nuclear Security training and education.
Andreas Persbo - Executive Director
Andreas Persbo was appointed Executive Director in February 2010 by the VERTIC Board of Trustees at the 2010 Annual General Meeting.
He specializes in nuclear arms control. This includes work on confidence-building measures between States and the verification of nuclear disarmament. Andreas is also responsible for maintaining the organization's watching brief on issues relating to the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and International Atomic Energy (IAEA) safeguards. He also monitors the development of verification mechanisms for the proposed Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT).
In addition, he acts as the chief liaison to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization in respect to national implementation of nuclear arms control agreements.
Andreas holds a juris kandidat (LL.B. LL.M) in public international law and European human rights from Stockholm University, Sweden. Formerly a legal practitioner and a consultant with the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), Andreas has been with VERTIC since 2004.
He is a member of the International Law Association and the International Institute for Strategic Studies
Scott Spence - Senior Legal Officer
Scott is VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer and works primarily in the National Implementation Measures Programme. He is co-ordinating the technical and policy components of the Programme with Angela Woodward. This includes supervision of a global review and analysis of national implementing measures for the Biological Weapons Convention and, by extension, the biological weapons-related provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1540. He is also leading assistance activities, including workshops in capitals, with the objective of assisting governments to prepare draft legislation to implement both the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions. Scott is also a Senior Legal Expert for the UNICRI/JRC CBRN Centres of Excellence.
In addition to preparing the 'Sample Act' for national implementation of the BWC with Angela Woodward, he developed VERTIC's 'Regulatory Guidelines' for implementation of the BWC and the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit' for the CWC.
With Andreas Persbo and Samir Mechken, Scott is developing a new component for the National Implementation Measures Programme: a legislative response to the illicit trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials.
Scott blogs regularly on the VERTIC website, contributes to VERTIC's quarterly publication Trust & Verify, and supervised the complete overhaul of VERTIC's website in time for its 25th anniversary in 2011.
Scott previously worked at Interpol and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. He also worked as an attorney in the New York office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
Scott earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He also has an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University and undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia (with high distinction) and Harvard University.
Scott is an Assistant Editor for the forthcoming revised 'Commentary on the Chemical Weapons Convention' (Oxford University Press). His other publications can be found here.
Scott speaks French and Spanish and is a member of the International Law Association. He is based in Geneva.
Noel Stott - Senior Researcher
Noel Stott joined VERTIC in November 2016 after more than 14 years as a Senior Researcher and then Senior Research Fellow at the South African-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He has extensive experience in all aspects of arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation having worked on the challenges facing African states by the proliferation of conventional weapons. In particular, Mr Stott has knowledge of small arms and light weapons. In 2007, he established and led ISS’ programme on ‘Africa’s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction’. This programme aimed to enhance Africa’s role in international efforts to strengthen weapons of mass destruction disarmament and non-proliferation initiatives in the context of Africa’s developmental imperatives through the provision of primary research, policy recommendations and training activities
- Programme Director
Angela Woodward specializes in the legal, policy and technology aspects of arms control and disarmament verification across the nuclear, biological, chemical and conventional weapons fields. She has published and spoken widely on BTWC implementation and verification. In 2005 she initiated VERTIC’s programme to provide legislative assistance for national implementation of the BTWC.
Angela joined VERTIC in April 1999 and was promoted to Deputy Director in January 2005 and Executive Director in August 2007. She stepped down to return to live in New Zealand in June 2009, from where she now manages VERTIC's NIM programme.
During 2006 she served as an adviser to the chair of the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Verification in All its Aspects and as a non-official member of the New Zealand delegation to the BTWC Sixth Review Conference. From April 2006 to March 2007 she was the Legal Coordinator for the EU Joint Action on the BTWC (2006/184/CFSP) and was subsequently a UK legal expert to this activity. From January 1998 to April 1999 she worked for the Programme for Promoting Nuclear Non-Proliferation (PPNN) at the Mountbatten Centre for International Studies, University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
Angela holds an LLM in Public International Law (Merit) and a post-graduate certificate in higher education (PGCHE) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science and an LLB from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is a Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) and a Fellow of the New Zealand Centre for Strategic Studies (NZ:CSS). Angela holds joint New Zealand/British nationality.
Angela is a non-resident staff member based in Christchurch, New Zealand.