About the ATT Academy

The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Academy brings a new approach to learning about the ATT and its implementation. It provides an in-depth and tailored learning opportunity to carefully selected participants, all of whom engage directly with the ATT in their work as government, or as part of civil society. It also provides an opportunity to explore linkages to other relevant arms, security development instruments, and enables discussion and analysis of regionally-specific issues, such as the link between wildlife crime and small arms proliferation.

While many training opportunities have emerged over the last year or two, the ATT Academy is unique in being a continuous six-month learning opportunity. This enables participants to have a thorough and technical understanding of the Treaty, and to have on-the-job support. The second in-person training is designed to specifically explore and tackle problems which participants identify, as they apply the knowledge gained to their day to day work. In this way, the ATT Academy is much more than a one-off training – it is a sustained and practical learning programme.

The ATT Academy is organized by the Control Arms Secretariat and Pace University. For over a decade, Control Arms and its members have been providing support and information to States of all regions in the development and eventual adoption of the ATT, and now in its universalization and implementation. As a university, Pace can offer its experience with curriculum and course design as well as a track record of published research and learning on the ATT and other arms issues. The 2016 session of the ATT Academy is supported by the UN Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).


Participants and trainers at the first in-person session of the ATT Academy.

The ATT Academy includes 2 in-person trainings (four days each) as well as 2-3 web trainings to take place during the interim period.

Research Reports

SEP 2016: How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Wildlife Crime [FRENCH]
Matthew Bolton, Pace University

MAR 2017: How to Use the Arms Trade Treaty to Address Armed Violence in Pastoralist Communities          [FRENCH]
Matthew Bolton, Pace University

MAY2017: The Role of Education in Advancing Arms Trade Treaty Universalization and Implementation: Lessons Learned from ATT Academy East Africa 2016 – 2017 [FRENCH
Matthew Bolton, Pace University


ATT Academy Workshop 1

20-23 June 2016 | Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya

The first training session of the ATT Academy took place from 20-23 June, following four days of in-depth learning about the Arms Trade Treaty. This first session focused on the first several articles of the ATT, emphasizing the Treaty’s Scope as well as Articles 6 and 7. Discussion groups, homework assignments and participatory exercises enabled participants to ask questions and relate ATT obligations to their national context. The workshop also identified links between small arms proliferation, the ATT and wildlife poaching, a serious problem in many East African nations, including Kenya. The training took place at Lake Nakuru Lodge, situated in Nakuru National Park, and participants were briefed by park rangers involved in anti-poaching activities and local peace-building projects.

ATT Academy Workshop 2

05-08 December 2016 | Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya

The second ATT Academy training took place from 05-08 December 2016 at Lake Nakuru Lodge, Kenya and focused on ensuring deeper understanding of the Treaty’s provisions and their practical application. Over four days, participants explored themes relevant to the sub-region including Wildlife Crime, Pastoralist Conflict, Tackling Gender Based Violence and Importer Obligations. Excellent expert speakers, group discussions, homework assignments and hypothetical exercises ensured positive engagement among participants. Field visits with the Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers provided participants with deeper understanding of the challenges they face in preventing poaching and preserving wildlife due to the proliferation of illicit weapons in the region.

ATT Academy Online Trainings:

1. The ATT and Sustainable Development, International Cooperation and Assistance

28 September 2016

This webinar covers the relevance of the ATT to development, including the linkages to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Target 16.4. It outlines how governments can integrate ATT accession and implementation activities into resources received as part of Official Development Assistance (ODA).

To access readings and resources to prepare for the Webinar, click here.

2. Gender based violence and the Arms Trade Treaty

This webinar provides an in-depth look at the gender-based violence provision (Article 7.4) of the Arms Trade Treaty and its role in addressing cross-cutting international and regional challenges, such as arms trafficking and the drug trade. The required reading list and homework exercise aim to illustrate some of the research the participants will need to do in order help their respective governments prepare for the implementation of Article 7(4) – the gender-based violence provision – of the Arms Trade Treaty.

To access readings and resources to prepare for the Training, click here.

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