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Dr John Freeman

Visiting professor

Dr John Freeman was until 2011 Deputy Director General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague. He is now British Ambassador to Argentina. Prior to joining the OPCW in 2006, Dr Freeman served in a succession of diplomatic appointments, including as UK Ambassador for Multilateral Arms Control and Disarmament and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, as UK Ambassador to the UN in Vienna, and as UK Deputy Permanent Representative to NATO. Earlier in his career he also held appointments in the UK Ministry of Defence. Dr Freeman is a member of the Royal Society’s Advisory Committee on the Scientific Aspects of International Security.
Dr Freeman was awarded The Order of St Michael and St George Grand Cross (CMG) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to the promotion and defence of British interests in Argentina.

Research interests

The history and evolution of arms control and disarmament, especially in the multilateral context.


Dr Freeman has held Visiting and Associate Fellowships at the Centre of International Relations at Cambridge University and is associated with the Centre for Conflict and Security Law at Utrecht University. He has published a number of books and articles on arms control, most recently contributing a Chapter on the experience of implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention to Blechman and A Bollfrass (eds) “Elements of a Nuclear Disarmament Treaty: Unblocking the Road to Zero, Washington, 2010”.

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