Invitation Only

Research Event

The Need for International IEDD Standards: A Roadmap for the Future

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Chatham House, London

International Security Department


Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are one of the biggest global threats facing civilians today, causing almost 44,000 casualties in 2015 alone. However, unlike other explosive threats such as landmines or cluster munitions, IEDs have not yet been explicitly addressed, or even formally defined, by the UN. Although comprehensive and effective standards for international mine action, including the 1997 Antipersonnel Mine Ban Convention and the International Mine Action Standards (IMAS), have been established by the UN through a process of ongoing consultation with stakeholders, it is yet to develop a similar set of standards to address the IED problem. There is, then, a real need for international standards for IED detection and disposal (IEDD), and to establish flexible organizational structures to develop future policy in this area.

The Policy Institute at King’s College London and the International Security Department at Chatham House have built on existing research into mine action policy to better understand the way in which the UN scoped, developed and implemented the IMAS. From this we have drafted possible approaches that could guide processes for establishing future international standards for humanitarian IEDD.

This roundtable will focus on how the UN can harness existing procedures for developing international humanitarian standards to address improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and ways forward for developing future IED detection and disposal (IEDD) policy.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Event contact

Nilza Amaral