In this thesis, CDM ESD stress on the Integrated Circuits (IC) and the various factors which affect the robustness of an IC design against CDM stress is investigated. One of the main reasons for CDM failure are the voltage gradients set across the circuit during CDM stress. The IC being also the source, its discharge current path is not constrained near the input and output pads as in other kinds of ESD stress. Instead it can be anywhere through the internal circuitry into the ground. The major hinderance in developing a CDM robust protection design is the lack of knowledge on the CDM current and its discharge path through the circuit. CDM withstand level, is package dependent and it is impossible to characterize a circuit design to be CDM robust independent of its package type.