Selected publications

Article

McLeish, Caitriona and Revill, James (2018) Novi-whats and the Chemical Weapons Convention. CBRNe World (June). pp. 16-18. ISSN 2040-2724

McLeish, Caitriona (2017) Recasting the threat of chemical terrorism in the EU: the issue of returnees from the Syrian conflict. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 8 (4). pp. 643-657. ISSN 1867-299X

Revill, James, McLeish, Caitriona and Ghionis, Alexander (2017) Could our approach to chemical weapons help reduce the threat of acid attacks? The Guardian : Political Science [weblog article, 17 July 2017].

Revill, James, McLeish, Caitriona, Spelling, Alex and Balmer, Brian (2016) Options for international cooperation under Article X of the biological and toxin weapons convention. Trust & Verify (154). ISSN 0966-9221

Revill, James and McLeish, Caitriona (2016) Happy birthday to the Biological Weapons Convention. The Guardian.

Balmer, Brian, Spelling, Alex and McLeish, Caitriona (2016) Preventing “a virological Hiroshima”: Cold War press coverage of biological weapons disarmament. Journal of War and Culture Studies, 9 (1). pp. 74-90. ISSN 1752-6280

Revill, James and McLeish, Caitriona (2015) Estimating the costs of compliance options for the BWC. Trust & Verify (151). ISSN 0966-9221

Revill, James and McLeish, Caitriona (2015) Estimating the costs of compliance options for the BWC. Trust & Verify (151). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0966-9221

Spelling, Alex, Balmer, Brian and McLeish, Caitriona (2015) An anchor for arms control reaches its 90th anniversary. The Guardian.

Revill, James and McLeish, Caitriona (2015) Happy birthday to the bioweapons convention. The Guardian.

Book Section

McLeish, Caitriona and Lentzos, Filippa (2019) Chemical and biological security threats. In: SIPRI Yearbook. Oxford University Press, Stockholm. (Accepted)

Balmer, Brian, Spelling, Alex and McLeish, Caitriona (2018) Tear gas epistemology: the Himsworth Committee and weapons as drugs. In: Mankoo, Alex and Rappert, Brian (eds.) Chemical bodies: the techno-politics of control. Geopolitical bodies, material worlds . Rowman & Littlefield, London. ISBN 9781786605863

Crowley, Michael, McLeish, Caitriona and Revill, James (2018) The role of civil society in combating the development, proliferation and use of chemical weapons. In: Crowley, Michael, Dando, Malcolm and Shang, Lijun (eds.) Preventing chemical weapons: arms control and disarmament as the sciences converge. Royal Society of Chemistry, London, pp. 580-618. ISBN 9781782626497

McLeish, Caitriona (2017) Evolving biosecurity frameworks. In: Dover, R, Dylan, H and Goodman, M (eds.) Palgrave Handbook on Intelligence and Security Studies. Palgrave. ISBN 978113753675-4

Sims, Nicholas, Pearson, Graham, Lentzos, Filippa and McLeish, Caitriona (2016) Article VIII: Geneva Protocol obligations and the BTWC. In: Pearson, Graham and Sims, Nicholas (eds.) Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention: Key Points for the Eighth Review Conference. Division of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, UK. ISBN 9781851432790

McLeish, Caitriona and Lak, Maarten (2014) The role of civil society and industrial non-state actors in relation to the CWC. In: Krutzsch, Walter, Myjer, Eric and Trapp, Ralf (eds.) The Chemical Weapons Convention: A Commentary. Oxford Commentaries on International Law . Oxford University Press, pp. 37-50. ISBN 9780199669110

McLeish, Caitríona and Balmer, Brian (2012) Development of the v-series nerve agents. In: Tucker, Jonathan B and Danzig, Richard (eds.) Innovation, dual use and security: managing the risks of emerging biological and chemical technologies. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, pp. 273-288. ISBN 9780262516969

Conference or Workshop Item

Johnstone, Philip and McLeish, Caitriona (2019) The role of war in Deep Transitions: Exploring mechanisms, imprints and rules. In: 10th International Sustainability Transitions conference, 23-26 June 2019, Ottawa.

Revill, James, McLeish, Caitriona, Johnson, Steve, Ghionis, Alexander and Edwards, Brett (2016) Syria collection: workshop summary. In: Harvard Sussex Program (HSP)/Cranfield Workshop : Capturing data on chemical weapons allegations and use in Syria: Potential implications of recent events in Syria for the chemical weapons regime, 21-22 March 2016, Sussex.

McLeish, Caitriona (2016) Boundary blurring: low lethality CBW and their application in law enforcement. In: Exploring Peace: ISAs 57th Annual Convention, March 16th-19th, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia.

McLeish, Caitriona (2016) Dual use technologies. In: Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Annual Forward Look meeting, 25th February 2016, London.

McLeish, Caitriona (2015) The Geneva Protocol at 90: some notes from history. In: 1925-2015: The Geneva Protocol at 90, 15th December 2015, Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, United Nations, Geneva.

McLeish, Caitriona (2015) The role of WHO in the BWC negotiations. In: World Health Organization Global Health Histories Seminar, 21 May 2015, Geneva, Switzerland.

McLeish, Caitriona (2014) Biosecurity codes of conduct: lessons from ten years of work. In: Preventing Proliferation Through Intangible Technology Transfer And Balancing Academic Freedom and Non-proliferation: A Role for UNSCR 1540?,, 5-6th November 2014, London.

McLeish, Caitriona (2014) Rapid advances in biotechnology and chemistry and their challenge to the BWC and CWC regime. In: Third Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, November 3-4 2014, Brussels.

McLeish, Caitriona (2014) Possible contributions of multi-stakeholder governance to enhancing transparency and compliance. In: Enhancing compliance of the BTWC through national implementation and other means, 24th April 2014, Brussels.

McLeish, Caitriona (2012) The evolving governance of science and technology: implications for stakeholder relations with the OPCW and the National Authorities. In: Workshop on the Future of the Chemical Weapons Convention: Transitioning Towards the Post-Destruction Phase, 10th September 2012, Brussels.

Revill, James and McLeish, Caitriona (2011) So you want to do ‘something’ on science and technology reviews in the biological weapons convention? In: Achieving Realistic Decisions at the Seventh BWC Review Conference in 2011, 33rd Workshop of the Pugwash Study Group on Implementation of the CBW Conventions, 3-4 December 2011, Geneva Switzerland.

McLeish, Caitriona (2011) Effective governance through scientific review? The scientific and technological reviews of the Biological Weapons Convention over the past 30 years. In: International Studies Association, 52nd Annual Conference 2011, 16-19 March 2011, Montreal, Canada.

McLeish, Caitriona and Smith, Mark (2011) Countering CBW Proliferation. In: Countering Chemical and Biological Weapons Proliferation (WP871), 28th-30th September 2007, Wilton Park.

McLeish, Caitriona (2010) Prospects for the 2011 BTWC Review Conference. In: Prospects for the 2011 BTWC Review Conference (WP 1046), 24th-26th September 2010, Wilton Park.

McLeish, Caitriona and Revill, James (2010) Reviewing science and technology in the context of the Biological Weapons Convention. In: 31st Workshop of the Pugwash Study Group on Implementation of the CBW Conventions Getting Ready for the Seventh BWC Review Conference in 2011, 4-5th December, 2010, Geneva, Switzerland.

McLeish, Caitriona (2008) Industry, dual use and the changing function of the CWC. In: 54th Pugwash CBW Workshop 28th Workshop of the Pugwash Study Group on Implementation of the CBW Conventions The Second CWC Review Conference and After, 5-6 April 2008, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

McLeish, Caitriona (2008) Industry, dual use and the changing function of the Chemical Weapons Convention. In: Cain Conference 2008: The dilemmas of dual use, March 27-28th 2008, Philadelphia USA.

Reports and working papers

McLeish, Caitriona and Revill, James (2016) Keeping up with the scientists. Technical Report. ILPI.

Revill, James, McLeish, Caitriona, Spelling, Alex and Balmer, Brian (2016) Options for Article X. Other. Harvard Sussex Program, Sussex, U.K..

McLeish, Caitriona (2016) The role of the Internet and social media in the immediate aftermath of the August 21st attacks on Ghouta. Discussion Paper. The Harvard Sussex Program.

Revill, James, Ghionis, Alex, McLeish, Caitriona and Johnson, Steve (2016) Ghouta narratives: a critical assessment of Syrian chemical weapons narratives. Discussion Paper. The Harvard Sussex Program.

McLeish, Caitriona, Revill, James and Perry Robinson, Julian Philip (2016) Some potential implications for the chemical weapons regime resulting from the Syria case. Discussion Paper. The Harvard Sussex Program.

Ghionis, Alex and McLeish, Caitriona (2015) The internationally supported destruction process. Discussion Paper. The Harvard Sussex Program.

Other

Revill, James, McLeish, Caitriona and Ghionis, Alexander (2017) [The Guardian] Could our approach to chemical weapons help reduce the threat of acid attacks? Guardian Media Group.

McLeish, Caitriona, Spelling, Alex and Balmer, Brian (2016) The problems of prohibition: chemical weapons and the Syrian conflict. History and Policy.