Evening Lecture – Exporting Nuclear Materials Items and Technology from Belgium: An Impossible Challenge?

In his lecture, Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel will highlight the main elements of the Belgian nuclear trade control system.

To halt the spread of nuclear technology, countries need to keep a close eye on the exports of sensitive goods. Companies are not allowed to export any product. They do not only need export permits for weapons, but also for “dual use” equipment – items that could potentially be used for military purposes.

Since 2004, Regions in Belgium have obtained some competencies in this field, which constitutes a unique case in Europe. After 10 years of implementation, Prof. Dr. Quentin Michel will present what has been learned and how it might have influenced the development of nuclear trade.


Sep 24, 2015


6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Engie Tower
Boulevard Simon Bolivar 34-36, 1000 Brussels


  • Quentin Michel
    Professor at University of Liège, Faculty of Law and Political Science

    Quentin Michel is Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science from the University of Liège. He is in charge of the Department of European Studies. Prof. Dr. Michel holds a Masters and a PhD in political science and public administration: his PhD is entitled “Export control regimes of nuclear dual-use items: in search of coherence” (Faculty of Law, University of Liège).

    His research is articulated around 3 essential areas:
    • First of all, the policy analysis carried out by the different components of the European Union in particular with regard to the decision-making process;
    • The policies of sustainable development particularly as regards the way in which they are integrated into other policies;
    • And finally, sensitive trade control policies (weapons and assimilated) and nuclear policies in particular the aspects of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons.

    Prof. Dr. Michel has worked as a Seconded National Expert for the EU Commission (DG Trade Unit E4 Dual-Use Export Control). In addition, he also regularly assumes expertise related to export control regime for national, European and international organizations.

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