Koplow, David A. 1951-

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KOPLOW, David A. 1951-


Born May 21, 1951, in Sioux Falls, SD; son of Bernard (a real estate agent) and Minette (a homemaker; maiden name, Friedman) Koplow; married Karen Jones (a bookkeeper), October 7, 1974; children: Justin, Brian, Alexander. Education: Harvard University, B.A., 1973; attended Queen's College, Oxford, 1973-75; Yale Law School, J.D., 1978. Politics: Democrat.


Home—1032 Carper St., McLean, VA 22101. Office—Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001. E-mail—[email protected].


U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Washington, DC, attorney and advisor, 1978-81; Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, professor of law, 1981—, director of Center for Applied Legal Studies. U.S. Department of Defense, Washington, DC, Deputy General Counsel for International Affairs, 1997-99.


Rhodes Scholar, 1968.


Testing a Nuclear Test Ban: What Should Be Prohibited by a "Comprehensive" Treaty?, Dartmouth Publishing (Aldershot, England), 1996.

By Fire and Ice: Dismantling Chemical Weapons while Preserving the Environment, Gordon and Breach (Amsterdam, Netherlands), 1997.

Smallpox: The Fight to Eradicate a Global Scourge, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Shadows and Substance: The Chemical Convention, 1993, Encyclopedia of the United States Congress, 1995, and Arms Control and the Environment, 2001. Contributor to scholarly journals, including Arms Control Today, New York University Law Review, and Maryland Law Review.


Georgetown University professor David A. Koplow, an expert on biological warfare issues, is the author of Smallpox: The Fight to Eradicate a Global Scourge, a work that "insightfully and reasonably examines the complex issue of whether the two remaining official stocks of smallpox virus should be destroyed," according to Pascal James Imperato in the Journal of Community Health. Smallpox, a deadly virus that has killed millions of people over the centuries, was deemed eradicated from the earth in 1977. The two remaining stocks are stored at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology in Novosibirsk, Russia. A reviewer in Publishers Weekly called Koplow's work an "accessibly written analysis of smallpox policy," and Imperato remarked that Koplow "meticulously and even-handedly analyzes the cases for and against extermination within the broader contexts of bioterrorism, environmental law and policy, the morality of purposeful extinction, and the role of the World Health Organization."



Booklist, December 15, 2002, William Beatty, review of Smallpox: The Fight to Eradicate a Global Scourge, p. 715.

Journal of Community Health, October, 2003, Pascal James Imperato, review of Smallpox, p. 390.

Journal of the American Medical Association, November 19, 2003, Douglas J. Wear, review of Smallpox, p. 2610.

Library Journal, January, 2003, Tina Neville, review of Smallpox, p. 144.

New Statesman, March 31, 2003, Michael Barrett, "Germ Rights," p. 54.

Publishers Weekly, November 18, 2002, review of Smallpox, p. 54.

Quarterly Review of Biology, March, 2004, Frank Fenner, review of Smallpox, pp. 114-115.

Times Educational Supplement, February 21, 2003, Christopher Wills, "A Deadly Dance with Diseases on Death Row," p. 28.

Wall Street Journal, December 4, 2002, Nancy de Wolf Smith, review of Smallpox, p. D10.


Georgetown Law Web site,http://www.law.georgetown.edu/ (April 17, 2004), "David A. Koplow."*