Making Nuclear Law Inclusive

HORNA/VIENNA – Rafael Mariano Grossi, IAEA Director-General, delivers his opening remarks at the First International Conference on Nuclear Law: The Global Debate, held at the Agency headquarters in Vienna, Austria. 25 April 2022 (Photo: Dean Calma / IAEA)

As the IAEA’s first international conference on nuclear law the event aims to raise awareness of nuclear law and increase accessibility and inclusivity. In that spirit, the IAEA has collaborated with thought leaders from around the world to publish a collection of essays on the key issues in nuclear law and to formulate a vision for the future. The Nuclear Law: Global Debate, echoes the conference tagline and is available for download free of charge.

“Every download of the book widens nuclear law’s audience; and that in turn allows for better decisions to be made, ones that include the contributions of a large set of [informed] stakeholders,” said Mr Grossi. “This book  will contribute to an improved understanding of the legal framework and the development of a widely shared joint vision.”

To ensure that the voice of those that will live with that vision are included in shaping it, the IAEA engaged students and young professionals to contribute to the debate. At the Young Generation Forum, on 29 April, aspiring nuclear law experts will present their views on how nuclear law can most effectively respond to the current and emerging global and technical challenges. 

During a special side event on 26 April, The Legal Brief: Nuclear Law Today and Tomorrow, five winners of an international essay competition will present their ideas in a TED-style talks. Selected from 64 submissions from 28 countries, the winning essays discuss the legal aspects of the international licensing of SMRs, environmental accountability in a global nuclear liability regime, floating nuclear power plants, nuclear terrorism in maritime context and nuclear applications in space.

Source: Inna Pletukhina, IAEA Office of Legal Affairs