Winter Course on Nuclear Law, New Delhi

Winter Course on Nuclear Law

Jointly organised by

Nuclear Law Association India & National Law University, Delhi

Monday 18 – Friday 22 November, 2013

Participation form


The objective of the NLAI-NLU Winter Course is to:

  1. provide the participants with a basic understanding of nuclear science and technology,
  2. understand the special nature of India’s nuclear energy history and international engagement,
  3. expose the participants to the functioning of a nuclear power plant,
  4. comprehensively equip students to appreciate and critically examine international law relating to civil nuclear energy law, and
  5. study India’s nuclear law, regulatory process and judicial decisions.

Participants (max. 30):
– Lawyers, law teachers and researchers
– Company executives
– Regulators
– Legal advisers and counsels
– PhD students and 4th and 5th year law students

Certificate: Certificate will be given to all the participants.
Venue: The Program will be held at National Law University, Delhi.



Stephen G. Burns, Head of Legal Affairs of the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Paris.

SK Chande, former Vice-Chairman Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)

Dr. Ravi B Grover, Director, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) and Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Department of Atomic Energy.

Prof P C Kesavan, Distinguished Fellow, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

Dr. Jitendra Kumar, Legal Adviser, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India and Expert Member, International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX), IAEA.

Dr M P Ram Mohan, Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi & Chairman, Nuclear Law Association.

Odette Jankowitsch-Prevor, independent expert on nuclear and international law, and former Senior Legal Officer, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Patrick Reyners, former Head of Legal Affairs at OECD-NEA, Paris and Visiting faculty at Dundee, Montpellier, Tokyo and Abu Dhabi universities.

Y. Ramulu, Deputy General Manager, General Insurance Corporation of India (India’s nuclear insurer)

Ambassador Sheel Kant Sharma, served as Ambassador of India in Vienna and Permanent Representative to UN offices including the IAEA and as Governor on its Board of Governors; and is a former Secretary-General of SAARC.

Wolfram Tonhauser, Senior Legal Officer, IAEA (to be confirmed)

Laura Rockwood, Section Head, Non-Proliferation and Policy Making, Office of Legal Affairs, IAEA

Fees for 5-day course

1. Rs. 15,000 per person, including lodging.
2. Rs. 12,000 per person, excluding lodging.
3. Rs. 12,000 per person, if 2 people join of a same organization.
4. Rs. 7,500 for NLAI members, without lodging.
5. Rs. 5,000 for students (PhD, LL.M. and 4th/ 5th year LL.B), without lodging.

Accommodation is provided on request and will be charged extra for categories 4 and 5.
The fee includes transport charge for the Narora Nuclear Power visit and course material.
The above rates are applicable for participants who confirm their enrollment before Friday 25th October, 2013. A 15% increase in all mentioned rates will apply after this date.

Payment details:
1. Cheque/DD should be in favour of:
“Registrar, National Law University Delhi” – payable at New Delhi

2. Address to send the cheque / DD to:
National Law University Delhi Campus,
Sector 14 Dwarka, Delhi

3. With accompanying letter/ note that it is to participate in the:
“Nuclear law course”

Course Schedule


Day 1 (Monday 18 Nov):

Introduction & Nuclear Science, Technology and International regulation
Nuclear energy development : Science to technology (a historical perspective + nuclear energy fuel cycle + current NPPs / next gen + economics of nuclear)
India’s nuclear energy program and governance structure
Introduction to nuclear law & nuclear-law related treaties and the role of the IAEA
NPT & IAEA Safeguards
Nuclear trade control & the US-India Agreement, 2008, NSG negotiations and India specific IAEA safeguards agreement

Day 2 (Tuesday 19 Nov):

Radiation Protection & Nuclear Security
Radiation protection – Basic understanding of the philosophy of radiation protection and the international system of standards.
History/policies/concepts – Convention on the physical protection of nuclear material, 1980
Nuclear security: International Instruments + 2005 Amendment
Illicit trafficking and nuclear terrorism – (UN Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, 2005)
Case study – group work

Day 3 (Wednesday 20):

Study visit to Narora Nuclear Power Plant, Uttar Pradesh

Day 4 (Thursday 21 Nov):

Nuclear safety & regulatory systems and structures– international & India
History / policies / concepts of nuclear safety and safety culture
(IAEA) Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources
Nuclear safety conventions: Convention on Nuclear Safety; Convention on the safety of radioactive waste management and on the safety of and spent fuel management
Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, 1986; Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, 1987
Nuclear regulatory structures and regimes – purpose and reason, its guidelines on effective and efficient regulatory approaches – comparative regulatory regimes
Best practices in regulation, consent process, comparative studies from other countries, public consultation and involvement
India’s current regulatory structure and proposed under the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill, 2011
Case study – group work

Day 5 (Friday 22 Nov):

Nuclear liability – International & India
International nuclear liability principles + Vienna, Paris and CSC regimes and developments post-Fukushima
Selected country liability regimes, such as the Price Anderson Act, Austrian Liability Act, etc.
The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 and related Rules
Nuclear insurance – international insurance pools & domestic developments
International law of nuclear transport
Case study

Conclusion – dinner event