, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 37-55

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An Educational Imperative: The Role of Ethical Codes and Normative Prohibitions in CBW-applicable Research

  • Jacqueline SimonAffiliated withSIPRI CBW Project
  • , Melissa HershAffiliated withSIPRI CBW Project

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This paper examines the role of ethics in research with potentialapplicability to chemical and biological warfare. It focuses uponbiological warfare research, and examines the ethical dilemmas faced bythose working with dual-use potential technologies. It discusses thenormative, legal and ethical prohibitions against participation inchemical and biological warfare programmes from a Western perspective.It examines the motivations of individuals participating in CBW researchand concludes with recommendations for increasing awareness aboutethical and normative prohibitions. An appendix lists the results of asurvey of ethical codes in relevant scientific disciplines conducted viathe Internet.