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International Nuclear Law in the Post-Chernobyl Period

Jointly produced with the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD (2006)

A publication has been prepared jointly with the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the OECD, which demonstrates how the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April 1986, heightened awareness of the need to improve the international legal regime governing the safe and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Within six months of the accident, a Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and a Convention on Assistance in the Event of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency were negotiated and adopted under the auspices of the IAEA. In 1994, a Convention designed to achieve and maintain a high-level of nuclear safety worldwide was also adopted, as was a Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel and Radioactive Waste Management, in 1997. In addition, the existing international regimes governing the liability and compensation for nuclear damage were significantly reinforced and a new global regime was created.

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