Robert (Bob) J. Mathews is an Associate Professor in the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law (APCML) at the University of Melbourne Law School, and until recently was Head of the NBC Arms Control Unit at the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation.
He spent his early career undertaking scientific research in the detection and analysis of chemical warfare agents. Since 1984, he has provided scientific support to Australia’s efforts towards to non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including in the negotiation and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and efforts to strengthen the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).
Mathews has been actively engaged in the Asia-Pacific region in chemical and biological disarmament matters since the late 1980s, including through his collaboration with the APCML. He has also been a member of various disarmament committees, including the OPCW Scientific Advisory Board and various OPCW Temporary Working Groups. In 2014, he was the recipient of the ‘OPCW-The Hague’ award, based on his contribution to achieving a world free of chemical weapons.