Legal Analyst
Legal Analyst


Chanel Chauvet-Maldonado is an international lawyer working within the Legal Frameworks team of the National Security Directorate as a Nonproliferation Policy and Law Analyst. She specializes in the analysis of emergent legal and policy issues, in addition to developing and delivering trainings to foreign governments related to the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear security and safeguards, sanctions law, and export controls. She works to provide capacity-building programs, foreign technical recommendations, and regulatory best practices to improve national legislative frameworks of foreign governments for the security and nonproliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and materials. She contributes to CBRN and sanctions-related projects for the Office of International Nuclear Security under the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Department of State.

Prior to joining PNNL, Chauvet-Maldonado served as the permanent representative of the United Nations Office at Geneva on behalf of the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists where she advocated before the Human Rights Council and liaised with foreign stakeholders in high-level discussions. Before that, she worked in the Law and Policy Forum at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, developing the case study supplement accompanying the ICRC’s guidance tool on international humanitarian law for the judicial sector. She also clerked for Honorable Chief Judge Tusan of Fulton County's Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia, up until her retirement. Her volunteering experience includes serving as the Advisor of the Inclusion in the Profession Committee of the Young Lawyers Division, State Bar of Georgia which accorded her with the 2022 Award for Service to the Profession and as an Executive Committee member of the Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict of the American Society of International Law.

Chauvet-Maldonado earned her Master of Laws in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Switzerland, along with a certificate in the same from The Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School in The Hague, Netherlands. She also holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.

Chauvet-Maldonado is licensed to practice law and is an active member of the Washington, D.C. Bar and the State Bar of Georgia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, golfing, reading, and traveling.

Research Interest

  • Chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive response
  • Comparative law
  • Emerging technologies
  • Foreign policy
  • Human rights
  • Instructional design
  • Laws of war
  • National security
  • Nonproliferation and arms control
  • Regulatory training and development


  • Diplôme in international nuclear law, expected December 2023
  • LLM in international humanitarian law and human rights, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • JD, University of Georgia
  • BA in sociology and political science, Georgia State University


  • Chauvet-Maldonado C. “The Protection of Nuclear Facilities in an Armed Conflict: Nuclear Security and Safeguards Concerns” INMM Journal of Nuclear Materials Management, (Publication pending 2023).
  • Man M., Chauvet-Maldonado C. Burniske J., Kaboro B., Nalumanski S. “Women in New Nuclear Power Programs: Case Studies from Africa” International Journal of Nuclear Security.
  • Donnelly D. and Chauvet-Maldonado C. “Preliminary Findings from a Survey of Regulatory Requirements of Euratom Member States on Nuclear Material Accounting and Control Measures for Nuclear Security” International Nuclear Materials Management Conference, May 2023.
  • Man M. and Chauvet C. “The Role of a Nuclear Security Policy in Establishing an Effective Nuclear Security Infrastructure in Nuclear Newcomer Countries” International Nuclear Materials Management Conference, July 2022.
  • Chauvet C. “Prisoner of War Remittances: Financial Challenges of Sanctions and Conversion Rates” Opinio Juris, 21 January 2021,
  • Judge Gail S. Tusan and Chanel Chauvet, “ADR Issues Swirl During This Extraordinary Time,” Daily Report (Atlanta’s legal newspaper), 28 September 2020,
  • Presented “Syria’s Responsibility under International Law to Protect Children from Warfare Attacks on Hospitals and Healthcare,” in panel on “Laws of War,” at IntLawGrrls! 10th Birthday Conference, at Dean Rusk International Law Center, University of Georgia School of Law, 3 March 2017.