International School of Nuclear Law

2016 summer session: 22 August to 2 September

The application period is closed for the 2016 summer session. Information regarding the 2017 summer session will be available in the fall.


The International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL), established in 2001 by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in cooperation with the University of Montpellier, has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the various interrelated legal issues relating to the safe, efficient and secure use of nuclear energy. To date, the International School of Nuclear Law has provided a unique educational opportunity to more than 750 graduate students and young professionals from around the world.

The ISNL programme has evolved over the last fifteen years to address developments in nuclear law, thus providing a high quality, intensive overview of a complex body of laws and legal regimes.


The 2016 ISNL programme will be conducted under the leadership of Paul Bowden, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer LLP, London, United Kingdom.

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

The following subjects are usually covered during the ten day programme:

We invite you to review the programme from the 2015 session of the International School of Nuclear Law here.


The International School of Nuclear Law was established by the University of Montpellier in co-operation with the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency in 2001. The School benefits from the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Supervisory Board

The International School of Nuclear Law Supervisory Board provides overall direction and strategy to the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency and the University of Montpellier for the implementation of the ISNL every year. The Supervisory Board is composed of well-respected professionals from around the world.

University Diploma in International Nuclear Law

ISNL participants have the possibility to apply for a University Diploma (Diplôme d'université - D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier. Click here to obtain more information on the University Diploma option.

Application and admission process


Applicants must have an undergraduate university degree in a relevant discipline. Advanced graduate-level education and/or significant professional work experience are also significant factors in the application process. Although course presentations and discussions focus on legal issues, a legal education is not required to participate in the ISNL.

Participants must hold insurance to cover accidents, hospitalisation or repatriation.


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


The number of ISNL participants is limited to approximately 60.

Please submit a digital photograph (passport type) with your e-mail application.

Please if you have any questions or experience any difficulties during the application process.

Registration fee

The registration fees for the 2016 session are 2250 EUR for professionals and 550 EUR for students enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of the application deadline. To qualify as a student, you must not be engaged in full-time employment.

The registration fee includes admission solely for the participant to:

Print and electronic reference materials will also be provided to ISNL participants. 

Successful applicants will receive additional course information as well as bank payment details in late Spring 2016. 

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

Costs associated with travel, accommodation, subsistence expenses (including meals), 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 at least four weeks prior to the start of the course. Course participation is confirmed only upon receipt by the NEA of a proof of payment in full of the registration fee.

Grant and financial support opportunities

The NEA awards grants to students from its member countries qualified to participate in this programme.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) awards financial support to a limited number of professionals from its member states that are eligible to receive financial support under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme.

If you wish to be considered for an NEA grant or IAEA financial support, please provide appropriate information in paragraph VI of the ISNL application form. Furthermore, if you are interested in applying for IAEA financial support, you must submit a separate application form for financial support directly to the IAEA according to the information provided on the following website:

Practical information


The ISNL will take place on the campus of the University of Montpellier located in Montpellier, France.

Information regarding Montpellier can be found at:


Local accommodation information, including options for student housing, will be distributed to participants upon their acceptance into the course.

Dress code

The dress code during the classes is informal; participants may dress casually.

Click here to access the ISNL photo gallery.

Questions and contact information

OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)
Office of Legal Counsel
46, Quai Alphonse Le Gallo
92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France

Laurence Weil
Directrice de SFC
Université de Montpellier
Rue Vendémiaire
Bat. E - Espace Richter - CS 29555
34 961 Montpellier Cedex 2, France

Last reviewed: 5 April 2016

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