The dissemination of authoritative information and rigorous analysis to policy makers and other interested stakeholders is key to sound decision making in the nuclear law field. Conveying legal information in an effective and timely manner contributes to this endeavor, by enhancing awareness and understanding of the legal aspects of nuclear activities as well as improving the visibility of the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) work in the legal field.
As part of its mission to assist member countries in the development, strengthening and harmonization of nuclear legislation and regulation, the NEA serves as a leading centre for nuclear law information. In the framework of its programme of legal publications, the Agency collects, analyses and disseminates information on nuclear law generally and on topical nuclear legal issues in particular. It also provides current, online information on national legislation, regulatory and institutional frameworks and international protocols and conventions on nuclear activity and liability issues.
The Nuclear Law Bulletin (NLB) is a unique international publication for both professionals and academics in the field of nuclear law. It provides authoritative and comprehensive information on nuclear law developments. Published twice a year in both English and French, it features topical articles written by renowned legal experts, covers nuclear legislative developments worldwide and reports on relevant case law, bilateral and international agreements and regulatory activities of international organisations. An Index with reference information for all issues of the NLB is also available.
The Nuclear legislation section of the NEA website provides comprehensive information on the regulatory and institutional framework governing nuclear activities in OECD and NEA member countries. Updated periodically by in-country experts, the country profiles provide a detailed review of a full range of nuclear law topics. Each profile is complemented by reproductions of the primary legislation regulating nuclear activities in the member country.
The Multilateral agreements web page provides status updates on the primary treaties, conventions and agreements in the field of international nuclear law. In categories such as nuclear safety and emergency response, liability and compensation for nuclear damage, as well as non‑proliferation and nuclear security, visitors will find information related to the text, parties and other relevant primary source documentation.
A suite of publications to advance co-operation and understanding of nuclear liability can be consulted on the Nuclear liability publications, workshops and symposia web page.
The Nuclear Operator: Liability Amounts and Financial Security Limits table is regularly updated and aims to gather information on the amounts available to compensate potential victims of a nuclear incident in countries and economies having nuclear power plants and/or having ratified at least one of the international conventions on nuclear third party liability.
A table on Priority Rules on Compensation for Nuclear Damage in National Legislation is also regularly updated and available for public consultation.
The NEA has published a number of books and reports that not only contribute to the Agency’s mission to serve as a leading centre for nuclear law information but are also valuable nuclear law education resources.