International School of Nuclear Law 2020 Session

Session cancelled

The OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), in co-ordination with the University of Montpellier, has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL). At this point in time, there remains considerable uncertainty surrounding the public health situation worldwide. While restrictions have started to be lifted in France, it is difficult to foresee how the situation will evolve during the summer. Given such ambiguity, and in consideration of the health and safety of our participants and lecturers, there is no other choice but to cancel this year’s programme.

The 2020 ISNL would have marked the 20th anniversary of our programme, which has been held every year since 2001. Although we will not be able to celebrate this important milestone this summer, we look forward to delivering an exceptional programme next year. Applications for the 2021 ISNL will be open in January.


The 2020 ISNL programme will be conducted under the leadership of Paul Bowden, Honorary Professor of Law, The Nottingham Law School.

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

For reference, information on the 2019 programme and lecturers can be found at the following links.

ISNL 2019 Programme      ISNL 2019 List of lecturers

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 important 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.

The application for the next session will be available in January 2021.

Registration fee

The registration fees for the 2020 session are :

  • EUR 2 500 for professionals; and
  • EUR 550 for students. 

To qualify as a student you must be enrolled in a degree-granting programme at the start of ISNL and you must not be engaged in full-time employment. You may be asked to verify your student status.

The registration fee includes admission solely for the participant to:

  • the educational programme;
  • the welcome reception;
  • the Saturday excursion;
  • other scheduled social events (unless indicated otherwise).

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 2020.

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

Two different types of grants and financial support opportunities are available to interested and qualified applicants.

The NEA awards grants to a select number of students from its member countries qualified to participate in this programme. To apply as a student you must be enrolled in a degree-granting programme at the start of ISNL and you must not be engaged in full-time employment. You may be asked to verify your student status.

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. In addition to the NEA ISNL application, an application for IAEA financial support must be submitted directly to the IAEA. More information on the application procedure is provided on the IAEA website.

Practical information


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


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.

24 August 2020 - 4 September 2020
University of Montpellier, France