International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE)

    17-21 February 2020

    Paris, France

    Application period is closed.

    More information about the 2021 INLE will be available in August.

    The five-day International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE) course is designed to provide participants with a practical and comprehensive understanding of the various interrelated legal issues relating to the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy. This intensive course in international nuclear law addresses the needs and interests of lawyers working in either the public or the private sector but will also be of interest to scientists, engineers, policymakers, managers and other professionals working in the nuclear field.

    The International Nuclear Law Essentials programme builds on the foundation of the annual International School of Nuclear Law, which the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) co-sponsors with the University of Montpellier in France.

    While the INLE is generally held in Paris, France, the 2018 INLE session was, for the first time, held outside of France at the National University of Singapore (NUS).

    More information about the 2021 INLE will be available in August.


    The INLE programme is conducted under the leadership of Paul Bowden, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer LLP, London, United Kingdom.

    Comprehensive lectures are delivered by renowned specialists in nuclear law from international organisations, governments and private industry.

    The following subjects are covered during the five-day programme:

    • international radiological protection standards;
    • nuclear safety, regulation and licensing;
    • environmental law and nuclear activities;
    • management of spent fuel and radioactive waste;
    • transport of nuclear materials and fuel;
    • nuclear security: physical protection, illicit trafficking and terrorism;
    • non-proliferation and international safeguards for nuclear materials;
    • liability, compensation and insurance for nuclear damage; and
    • international trade in nuclear materials and equipment.

    2020 programme     2020 list of lecturers

    The NEA provides a certificate of participation to those who attend the course.

    Practical information


    Applicants should have at least one year of relevant professional experience and a basic understanding of law as it relates to nuclear energy.


    All course instruction and discussion take place in English; all course materials are provided in English. Simultaneous interpretation is not available during the course.

    Registration fee

    The registration fee for the 2020 programme is EUR 2 200.

    The registration fee includes admission for the participant to:

    • the general lecture and discussion sessions;
    • social events, including a welcome reception and a group dinner.

    Print and electronic reference materials are provided to INLE participants.

    The registration fee is not subject to French taxes of any kind.

    Costs associated with travel, accommodation, subsistence expenses, insurance and any other miscellaneous items are not covered by the registration fee and shall be borne exclusively by the participant.

    The registration fee must be paid by bank transfer only and in full two weeks before the start of the programme. Participation will be confirmed only upon payment in full of the registration fee.


    The NEA will process registration fee refunds only for absence due to medically-certified illness.

    Confirmed participants may have the right to transfer their registration to another person or to the next INLE session, subject to certain conditions.

    Questions and contact information

    Please contact the Office of Legal Counsel of the NEA by if you have any questions.

    Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
    Office of Legal Counsel

    Telephone: + 33 (0)1 73 21 28 61
    Fax: +33 (0)1 45 24 11 10

    Last reviewed: 20 March 2020