Laura Rockwood

Laura Rockwood is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP). 
Ms. Rockwood previously served as the inaugural Director of Open Nuclear Network (ONN) until her retirement in 2022. Prior to joining ONN, Ms Rockwood served as the Executive Director of the VCDNP between 2015 and 2019, and as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Managing the Atom Project from 2014 to 2015.
Ms. Rockwood has over 35 years of experience in non-proliferation and international safeguards. She 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.