International Atomic Energy Agency
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(Unofficial electronic edition)
22 July 1998


Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage

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  1. The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage was adopted on 12 September 1997 by a Diplomatic Conference held 8-12 September 1997, and was opened for signature at Vienna on 29 September 1997 at the 41st General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The Convention will remain open for signature until its entry into force.

  2. Pursuant to Article XX, the Convention will enter into force on the ninetieth day following the date on which at least five States with a minimum of 400,000 units of installed nuclear capacity have deposited an instrument referred to in Article XVIII. After its entry into force, any State which has not signed the Convention may accede to it.

  3. Attention is drawn to Article XVIII.1 and XIX.1 which provide that instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession will only be accepted from a State which is a Party to either the Vienna Convention or the Paris Convention, or a State which declares that its national law complies with the provisions of the Annex to the Convention, provided that, in the case of a State having on its territory a nuclear installation as defined in the Convention on Nuclear Safety of 17 June 1994, it is a Contracting State to that Convention.

  4. The text of the Convention, taken from a certified copy, is reproduced in the Attachment herein for the information of all Members.