Office of Legal Affairs

The Office of Legal Affairs provides comprehensive legal services to the IAEA Director General, Secretariat, Policy-Making Organs and Member States to ensure that the Agency conducts its activities in accordance with applicable legal rules. It also performs depositary functions for many multilateral treaties and offers legislative assistance to Member States.

The Office is divided into three sections: the General Legal Section; the Non-Proliferation and Policy-Making Section; and the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section. The Office provides legal advice to the Director General, the Secretariat and Policy-Making Organs of the IAEA, and, on request, to Member States.

Responsibilities include support and providing advice to meetings of the IAEA General Conference and Board of Governors; depositary functions for treaties concluded under IAEA auspices on behalf of the Director General; assistance to Member States and the IAEA in the negotiation and conclusion of international agreements; and support to Member States in the implementation of IAEA legal instruments and the development of national nuclear laws. The Office also represents the IAEA in litigation procedures, particularly before the Administrative Tribunal of the International Labour Organization.

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    General Legal Section

    The General Legal Section provides legal advice and support to all areas of the Secretariat to ensure that the Agency’s activities (particularly corporate and administrative matters) are conducted in accordance with applicable agreements, rules, governing policies and relevant jurisprudence. Read more →

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    Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section

    The Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section provides legal advice relating to safeguards and non-proliferation matters, as well as legal assistance to the General Conference and Board of Governors in regard to rules of procedure. Read more →

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    Nuclear and Treaty Law Section

    The Nuclear and Treaty Law Section provides legal advice and assistance to the Secretariat and Member States in the areas of nuclear safety and security, nuclear energy, nuclear applications, technical cooperation, and civil liability for nuclear damage. The Nuclear and Treaty Law Section also carries out the Agency’s depository functions and manages the Agency’s legislative assistance programme. Read more →

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