Nuclear Energy Agency Online Bulletin

September 2004

Legal affairs news

International School of Nuclear Law

The fourth session of the International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL), a programme jointly organised by the NEA and the University of Montpellier 1, took place on 23 August-3 September 2004 in Montpellier, France. The International Nuclear Law Association, the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency also extended their patronage or support to the organisation of this session.

The International School of Nuclear Law aims to provide a high-quality programme on all aspects of the law governing the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Classes cater to both law students pursuing their studies at masters or doctoral level who are interested in specialising in this field and to professionals already active in the nuclear sector. The 2004 session brought together 56 participants from 31 countries. Classes were held in English and took place over a two-week period, combining lectures in the morning with practical exercises and case studies in the afternoon. Subjects covered included:

Students complemented their theoretical studies by visiting the Tricastin nuclear power plant and the EURODIF facility at Pierrelatte. Certificates were awarded to participants who successfully completed the course. Students may also (under the authority of the University of Montpellier 1) apply for a Diploma of International Nuclear Law. Some 47 participants from the 2004 session have applied for this diploma and will soon sit the written examinations. The students are also required to submit a dissertation, some of which have been published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin.

Next year's session of the school is due to take place in Montpellier on 22 August-2 September 2005. Further information on the ISNL and application forms for the 2005 session will soon be available on the NEA website ( or by contacting Mr. Patrick Reyners, Head, NEA Legal Affairs (by e-mail: or phone +33 1 45 24 10 31). Completed application forms must be received by 31 March 2005 at the latest.


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