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International School of Nuclear Law

The International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) held its seventh session in Montpellier, France from 27 August to 6 September 2007. The 2007 session brought together 56 participants from 35 countries; ISNL alumni now number almost 400, and come from 78 countries. The aim of the ISNL is to provide a high-quality, intensive educational programme in all aspects of nuclear law. In this year's session, 23 lecturers delivered presentations covering the following themes:

The multifaceted nature of nuclear energy production and use was reflected in presentations during this year's session that covered such diverse aspects as the economics of nuclear energy and the ethical, legal and financial issues associated with radioactive waste and spent fuel management. The closing presentations featured guest speakers Dr. Walter Gehr, who spoke about the global legal framework against nuclear terrorism and Dr. Pierre Goldschmidt, who addressed participants on the rule of law, politics and nuclear non-proliferation.

A special feature of this year's session was an information session on the nuclear fuel cycle. This session included an an in-depth analysis of radioactive waste management in France by Jean-Louis Tison from the Agence nationale pour la gestion des déchets radioactifs (the French Radioactive Waste Management Agency), accompanied by a multimedia presenation on the underground research laboratory in Meuse/Haute-Marne.

The ISNL was established in 2000 by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the University of Montpellier 1.

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