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First International Conference on Nuclear Law: The Global Debate

7–11 February 2022, Vienna, Austria

Although a highly specialised field of law, nuclear law permeates the entire nuclear sector. Whether it be in the form of international treaties on the safety and security of nuclear power plants, agreements enabling the verification of nations’ nuclear non-proliferation commitments, provisions enabling emergency preparedness and response or those addressing questions of compensation and civil liability for nuclear damage. Nuclear law also needs to accommodate promising emerging technologies, such as small modular reactors (SMRs) and underpins the role of nuclear science and technology in addressing climate change.

Over the course of five days, the International Conference on Nuclear Law: The Global Debate is expected to be a major event, providing a unique forum for leading global experts from governments, industry, academia and civil society to share experiences and discuss topical issues with a view to developing further the various areas of nuclear law and promoting international expertise in this field.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi announced the IAEA’s first-ever International Conference on Nuclear Law during his opening statement at the November 2020 meeting of the Board of Governors. 

The Director General highlighted that “Nuclear law is an essential prerequisite for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear technology and its applications. This conference, the first of its kind for the Agency, is an important opportunity for us to take stock and discuss nuclear law for the future.” Director General Grossi continued that through this conference “We are able to integrate and bring together the many valuable efforts being made throughout the world in this field, not just by governments, but also by our UN system partners, regional organisations, insurance and nuclear industries, its associations and its advisers, think tanks, NGOs, civil society, academia and many others.”

An opening session will include welcome addresses from the IAEA and keynote address and presentations. Keynote speakers will be announced well in advance of the commencement of the conference. A series of topical sessions will address key nuclear law issues. Each topical session will include invited and submitted papers and will conclude with a general discussion. A final decision on the issues to be covered and the papers to be presented in each topical session will be made well in advance of the commencement of the conference. Round-table discussions will be organized, providing the opportunity for focused discussions and feedback from the conference participants on relevant topics. Depending on the number of abstracts received, poster sessions may also be organized. The closing session will include a summary of the main conclusions of the conference and closing remarks from the IAEA.

A number of side events, activities and exhibitions will take place in the margins of the conference.

All sessions will be recorded and available through the live video stream link that will be made available on the day of the Conference on this page. Participants are encouraged to use the official hashtag on social media: #ICNL2022.

Target Audience

The conference is aimed at and will be of interest to 1) representatives from governments, including regulators, policy-makers and law-makers; 2) international organizations; 3) non-governmental organizations; 4) operators and nuclear industry; 5) legal and insurance sectors; and 6) academia and civil society. The IAEA welcomes and encourages the participation of women, early career professionals and individuals from developing countries.

List of Topics

A tentative list of topics is attached to the Announcement and Call for Papers.

Call for Papers

Papers on the topics listed in the Announcement are welcome as oral presentations. Authors can also submit a paper on a topic not listed; the IAEA will take the final decision on which papers will be accepted and whether additional topics will be added to the programme. The final determination of the number, themes, and scope of the high-level panels, round-table discussions, and topical sessions will be based on the nature and number of papers received. All submissions, apart from invited papers, must present original work, which has not been published elsewhere. Papers have to be submitted electronically through IAEA-INDICO as explained in the Announcement.


No registration fee is charged. Registration has to be done via the InTouch+ Platform as explained in the Announcement.


A limited amount of space will be available for commercial vendors’ displays/exhibits during the conference. Interested parties should contact the Scientific Secretariat by email to ICNL2022@iaea.org before 30 July 2021.

Key Deadlines

  • 30 June 2021: Submission of synopses through IAEA-INDICO
  • 30 June 2021: Submission of Form B (together with Form A) through the InTouch+ platform
  • 30 June 2021: Submission of Form C (together with Form A) through the InTouch+ platform
  • 30 September 2021: Notification of acceptance of papers
  • No deadline: Submission of Form A only (no paper submission, no grant request) through the InTouch+ platform


To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize this conference as a 'green meeting' according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel. There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

Conference app

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the Conference, exhibitions and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events. Via this app participants will be able to view contributed papers and the latest conference programme, message other participants, and view PowerPoint presentations released after the event. Participants will receive an email inviting them to register for the app approximately one week before the conference.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.


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