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Legal Framework for IAEA Safeguards

STI/PUB/1608 (978-92-0-141810-4)
32 pages ¦ 0 figures ¦ EUR


The legal framework for IAEA safeguards has evolved significantly since the Board of Governors first approved ad hoc safeguards arrangements in 1959. It is multifaceted and consists of a number of elements including the Statute of the Agency; the undertakings of States in connection with supply arrangements and other treaties requiring verification; the basic safeguards documents; the safeguards instruments themselves including safeguards agreements protocols and subsidiary arrangements; and finally the decisions and practices of the Board of Governors. This publication provides a succinct yet comprehensive review of the current legal framework and its historical development. It introduces IAEA safeguards to the reader and describes the legal framework for their implementation.


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