International Seminar on Nuclear Law and the Protection of the Environment

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An International Seminar on Nuclear Law and the Protection of the Environment was held on 5-9 July 2004 at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


For approximately 20 years, the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency has been organising training activities in the field of nuclear law. During the 1990s, these activities focussed in particular on Central and Eastern Europe countries and on the New Independent States; and they mainly consisted in a series of ad hoc seminars organised in such countries. In 2000, an International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) was established within the University of Montpellier 1 (France), offering intensive training in nuclear law for two weeks each summer. The ISNL was also designed to co-operate with other university establishement in the nuclear law field. The University of Babes-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) therefore invited the NEA to organise, in association with the ISNL, a seminar on nuclear law. This seminar was the first successfull example of an activity carried out under the ISNL partnership system. 


This seminar was organised by the NEA in co-operation with the University Babes-Bolyai, Institute of Law and Policy Community, Cluj-Napoca; the Romanian National Commission for the Control of Nuclear Activities (CNCAN); the Romanian National Nuclear Power Company (Nuclearelectrica S.A.); Romatom; the Agence universitaire de la francophonie; the French section of the INLA; and the SFEN (Law and insurance section). This seminar was supported by the European Commission.


Nuclear and environmental law are two closely interrelated branches of law. The seminar covered a series of topical subjects for environmental protection in the context of nuclear activities:

  • safety of nuclear installations and radiological protection;
  • legal and policy issues related to radioactive waste management;
  • management of nuclear accidents and radiological emergencies;
  • liability and compensation for nuclear damage;
  • nuclear security;
  • public participation and information.


The seminar was intended for law students and professionnals already active in the nuclear and environmental sectors.


The official language of the seminar was French.