Certificate course on Nuclear Energy and Law.

Recently I participated in a week(6–11 March, 2017) long intensive certificate program on ‘Nuclear Energy and Law’ conducted by TERI University and Nuclear Law Association India.

Academic Support was provided was MVKini Law Firm, NEA- Nuclear Energy Agency, VERUS Advocates, Winston & Strawn LLP, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Certificate Course on Nuclear Law and Energy.

At the time of writing, this happens to be the only program of its kind in the domain of Nuclear Law in India, which happens on an annual basis. The participants come from a wide range of background, extending from teaching faculty members, professionals, students of law and engineering, etc. This time it was a group of about 30 members, who assembled in Delhi from across the globe.

2017 Batch of NEL Course, TERI University, Delhi, India.

The eminent speakers included:-

Ravi Grover- Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, Department of Atomic Energy

Wolfram Tonhause- Head, Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Cristian De Francia- Legal Officer, Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section, (IAEA)

Vinod Kumar- Fellow, IDSA

Professor P C Kesavan- Distinguished Fellow, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

Dr. Odette Jankowitsch- former Senior Legal Officer, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Patrick Reyners- Scientific Secretary, International Nuclear Law Association

A N Nandakumar- Former Head, Radiological Safety Division, AERB

Kimberly Nick- Lawyer, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency

Tyson Smith- Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

S Harikumar- Secretary, AERB

Shekhar Sumit- Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, UK

Dipankar Bandyopadhyay- Partner, VERUS Advocates

M V Shiju- TERI University

Bhaskar Pandit- Chief Engineer, NPCIL

M P Ram Mohan- TERI University

The program was grueling at best, as it covered a wide spectrum of topics in smallest possible time frame and also included a day long Study Trip to Narora nuclear power plant situated in Bulandshaher district of Uttar Pradesh state.

Broad contours of the program included:-

Nuclear energy development: Science to technology, Nuclear energy fuel cycle, Types of NPPs, India’s nuclear energy program, Governance structure.

Introduction and evolution of nuclear law: Nuclear-law related treaties.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation(NPT) Treaty, Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) & IAEA Safeguards.

Nuclear trade control & India: India-US Civil Nuclear Agreement.

Basic Radiation Biology for Nuclear Regulatory Purposes.

Convention on Early Notification and Assistance in case of a Nuclear Accident.

Concepts of physical protection: Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (1980), Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (2005).

IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Convention on Nuclear Safety, developments post-Fukushima.

Convention on the-safety of radioactive waste management and on the safety of and spent fuel management.

Nuclear Transport code of India- issues and challenges.

International law on the transport of nuclear and radioactive material.

IAEA regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Materials 1961, (IAEA: revision 2009).

Code for the Safe Carriage of Irradiated Nuclear Fuel, Plutonium & High Level Radioactive wastes in Flasks on Board Ships.

Illicit trafficking and nuclear terrorism (UN Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, 2005).

Comparative nuclear regulatory structures and regimes in Europe.

Nuclear regulatory process in United States.

United States nuclear Liability Law.

India’s nuclear regulatory structure and processes; the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority Bill, 2015.

International nuclear liability and insurance principles: The evolution of Paris and Brussels conventions, Joint Protocol liability developments, Post-Fukushima- Vienna Convention and Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC), The role of the IAEA International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX).

The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010.

Nuclear Energy Regulation and Liability Regime in UK.

Kudankulam Judgment of Supreme Court, India.

Land acquisition and nuclear projects: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Act, 2014.

Environmental law and nuclear projects: National Green Tribunal decisions.

Perspectives from the Operator and Civil Society in India.

I thank all esteemed speakers for taking time out of their schedules and helping us learn these deeply technical topics in a very lucid and friendly manner. The cooperation from TERI staff members is worthy of appreciation for smooth conduct of the program.

I urge everyone who has slightest of interest in the field of nuclear law, to participate in this program. I helped me quell many misconceptions regarding safety, efficiency of nuclear energy and corresponding legal factors.