Multilateral agreements in nuclear energy

IV. Liability and compensation for nuclear damage

Protocol to Amend the Brussels Supplementary Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy (2004 Protocol to the BSC)

The 2004 Protocol to the BSC improves the existing regime by requiring that significantly more compensation be made available to supplement that which is to be provided for under the Paris Convention.

Adopted: 12 February 2004

Opened for signature: 12 February 2004

Entered into force: not yet in force

Signatories: 13 (see table below)

More information on the 2004 Protocol to the BSC, including the text, is available here.

The text of the 2004 Protocol to the BSC is also reproduced in the Supplement to Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 75.

The current status of the 2004 Protocol to the BSC is available here.

The following is a sample of the articles related to the 2004 Protocol to the BC that have been published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

Signatories to the Protocol to Amend the Brussels Convention Supplementary to the Paris Convention

Belgium* Germany* Slovenia* United Kingdom*
Denmark Italy Spain*  
Finland* Netherlands* Sweden*  
France* Norway Switzerland*1  

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.


  1. Switzerland has signed the 1963 Brussels Supplementary Convention (BSC), the 1964 Additional Protocol to amend the BSC and the 1982 and 2004 Protocols to amend the BSC. On 11 March 2009 Switzerland deposited its instrument of ratification of the 1963 BSC as amended by the 1964, 1982 and 2004 amending Protocols. As this ratification is effective only with respect to the 1963 BSC as amended by all 3 Protocols, entry into force for Switzerland of the Brussels Supplementary Convention as so amended will only take place once the 2004 Protocol to amend the BSC has itself entered into force.
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