Laura Rockwood


Laura Rockwood is the Director of Open Nuclear Network (ONN), a programme of One Earth Future. Laura has over 30 years of experience in non-proliferation and international safeguards. She has published extensively on safeguards and non-proliferation. In July 2012, she was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award by the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management (INMM) for long-term noteworthy accomplishments in, and service to, the nuclear materials management profession.

Laura retired from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in November 2013 as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy in the Office of Legal Affairs after 28 years of service. During her employment with the IAEA, she was the senior legal advisor on all aspects of the negotiation, interpretation and implementation of IAEA safeguards, and was the principal author of the document that became the Model Additional Protocol. She participated in high-level negotiations on Iran, Iraq and North Korea, and in the IAEA/US/Russian Federation negotiations on the Trilateral Initiative and the Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement.

Laura came to ONN from her position as Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) between 2015 and 2019. Prior to joining the VCDNP, she served as a resident Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. She received her BA degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Juris Doctor from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.


  • Safeguards
  • Non-proliferation
  • Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)
  • Nuclear-weapon free zones
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Nuclear activities
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Verification
  • International treaty compliance

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