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The blog team
Tim Caughley (co-editor) is a Resident Senior Fellow at UNIDIR, and manages its project on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Prior to that he was the Director of the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs in Geneva from 2006 to 2009 and, concurrently, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament. From 2002 to 2006, Caughley was New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Geneva and Ambassador for Disarmament. From 1998 to 2002 he was the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s international legal adviser.
Torbjørn Graff Hugo (co-editor) is the Project Director of International Law and Policy Institute’s (ILPI) Weapons of Mass Destruction Project. He holds an MA in the philosophy of peace and conflict studies, and a BA in international studies from the University of Oslo. He has worked and studied in a range of different countries, including Sri Lanka, Kenya, France, Spain, Japan and the USA. Before joining ILPI, Hugo worked in the Section for Disarmament and Non-proliferation in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo.
John Borrie is a Senior Researcher and Policy Adviser at UNIDIR. Since 2004, Borrie has led UNIDIR projects on disarmament as humanitarian action, cluster munitions, and on explosive weapons use in populated areas. Currently, his research (with Tim Caughley) focuses on issues around the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons. Borrie has a PhD from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He is an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London (Chatham House). Prior to joining UNIDIR, Borrie worked on weapons issues at the International Committee of the Red Cross and before that was Deputy Head of Mission for Disarmament in Geneva with the New Zealand Government (1999– 2002).
Magnus Løvold is an Advisor at International Law and Policy Institute (ILPI). Prior to joining ILPI he was the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons’ Campaign and Advocacy Director, based in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied philosophy and international relations at the University of Oslo, the University of Westminster, and the University of Paris–Sorbonne, and holds a master’s degree in the philosophy of peace and conflict studies.