The IAEA's 2013 Nuclear Law Institute (NLI) organized by the Office of Legal Affairs in cooperation with the Department of Technical Cooperation commenced on 29 September 2013 for a two week period until 11 October 2013 in Baden, Austria. The NLI aims to strengthen the capacities of Member States in all areas of nuclear law including nuclear safety, security, safeguards and civil liability for nuclear damage.
The programme provides an opportunity for legal experts or regulators employed by governments and relevant national agencies from IAEA Member States to acquire in-depth information on nuclear law. The participants will also be given training in drafting, amending or reviewing national nuclear legislation.
Member States have long recognized that coherent and comprehensive national legal frameworks are essential for ensuring the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In the past few years, the growing number of international instruments and their complexity have increased the demand for assistance by Member States including the demand for training and capacity building in the area of nuclear law.
It is against this backdrop and following the positive feedback from the participants of the 2011 and 2012 Sessions, that the Office of Legal Affairs decided to organize the Nuclear Law Institute as an annual event.