The sixth session of the International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL), a programme jointly organised by the NEA and the University of Montpellier 1, took place from 21 August to 1 September 2006 in Montpellier. The ISNL 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 2006 session brought together 61 participants from 30 countries and included classes on the following themes:
The University Diploma in International Nuclear Law has been on offer at the University of Montpellier for three years. The requirements to obtain the diploma are threefold: continual assessment during the ISNL session, taking in the candidate's assiduity and active participation in discussions and case studies; a "take-home exam" sent to candidates after the close of the course and which they complete over a period of ten days; and a dissertation on a subject of international nuclear law, the subject of which must be approved by the organisers. An increasing number of ISNL participants apply for the diploma each year. As of the 2006 ISNL session, the diploma's value in European Credit Transfer System credits has been increased from six to twelve.
The International Nuclear Law Association, the European Commission and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also extended their support to the organisation of the 2006 session. The next ISNL session will take place from 27 August to 7 September 2007. Further information is available at www.oecd-nea.org/law/isnl/index.html.