The University of Liège rules and regulations  related to the control of dual-use goods, require that research activities carried out within the University cannot not be modified for misuse or malicious intent. 

It is the responsibility of each University researcher to consider the potential risks associated with the misuse or dual-use of their research.

This includes:

  • issues related to research objectives that are generally prohibited:
    • development of weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical,...)
    • development of conventional weapons
  • unintentional indirect contributions of research:
    • to weapons of mass destruction
    • to conventional weapons
    • for prohibited or adverse purposes (human rights violations, terrorism)

In some cases, an authorisation (licence) may be required. The application for authorisation must be completed by the researcher, signed by the Rector and submitted to the Licence Department of the Walloon Region by the University's administration.

Dual Use Support Unit

To support researchers in their discernment process, a “Dual Use” Unit has been set up at ULiège. It is composed of:

Institutional procedures

Requests to obtain a advice or a licence should be submitted by mail to the ULiège Dual Use Unit.

Two types of requests may be made:

  • Request for advice when submitting projects for funding
  • Request for advice when transferring goods or knowledge

After examining the request, the "Dual Use" Unit will recommend one of three options:

  • A licence application must be submitted
  • A licence application is not required
  • There is uncertainty about the need to apply for a license the request is then referred to the Council for Ethics and Scientific Integrity (C.E.I.S.) for a decision.

Useful links

* Application assistance when determining the need to apply for a licence

Regulation (UE) 2021/821 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 May 2021 setting up a Union regime for the control of exports, brokering, technical assistance, transit and transfer of dual-use items


European Studies Unit of the University : this site contains information on the management of dual-use items


Direction des licences d’armes du Service public de Wallonie containing Guidelines for researchers on dual use and misuse of research.


Commission recommendation (EU) 2021/1700 of 15 Septembre 2021 on internal compliance programmes for controls of research involving dual-use items under Regulation (EU) 2021/821.

Dual Use Support Unit

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