Fundamentals of International Nuclear Law (FINL)
Introduction

Apply for the FINL

 

16-18 February 2021

Application closes on 15 January 2021

 

The Fundamentals of International Nuclear Law (FINL) is a new online course developed by the NEA to provide a high-level, introductory review of the central aspects of international nuclear law in a condensed 3-day, 3 hours per day, programme.

Like the NEA’s other educational programmes (International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) and International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE)), the FINL will be conducted under the leadership of Paul Bowden, Honorary Professor of Law, The Nottingham Law School.

The following subjects will be covered during the FINL programme:

  • nuclear safety, regulation and licensing
  • management of spent fuel and radioactive waste
  • environmental law and nuclear activities
  • transport of nuclear materials and fuel
  • nuclear security
  • non-proliferation and international safeguards for nuclear materials
  • liability, compensation and insurance for nuclear damage and
  • international trade in nuclear materials and equipment

Selected participants are expected to attend the entire programme and will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the FINL. 

Programme

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

Day 1

  • Ximena Vásquez-Maignan, Head, Office of Legal Counsel, NEA
  • Paul Bowden, ISNL Programme Leader, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer LLP, and Honorary Professor of Law, Nottingham Law School
  • Kimberly S. Nick, Deputy Head, Office of Legal Counsel, NEA
  • Lisa Thiele, Senior General Counsel, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC)
  • Stephen G. Burns, Former Chairman, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
  • Wolfram Tonhauser, Section Head, Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, Office of Legal Affairs, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Christian Raetzke, Lawyer, CONLAR

Day 2

  • Paul Bowden, ISNL Programme Leader, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer LLP, and Honorary Professor of Law, Nottingham Law School
  • Kimberly S. Nick, Deputy Head, Office of Legal Counsel, NEA
  • Stephen Evans, Retired Project Officer, Regulatory Infrastructure and Transport Section, IAEA, and Former Consultant, Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Khalil Bukhari, General Counsel, International Nuclear Services Ltd (INS)
  • Sonia Drobysz, Programme Director for National Implementation, VERTIC (the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre)
  • Cristian de Francia, Legal Officer, Non-Proliferation and Policy Making Section, Office of Legal Affairs, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Laura Rockwood, Director, Open Nuclear Network

Day 3

  • Ximena Vásquez-Maignan, Head, Office of Legal Counsel, NEA
  • Mark Tetley, Insurance Consultant and former Managing Director, Power Nuclear & Construction Division, Price Forbes & Partners Ltd.
  • William Fork, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Ákos Frank, Group Senior Legal Counsel, NKT
  • William D. Magwood, IV, Director-General, NEA
Practical Information

Application & requirements

Applicants must fill out the application form for consideration. Both professionals and graduate students will be considered for admission.

  • Professional applicants should have at least one year of relevant professional experience and a basic knowledge of law as it relates to nuclear energy.
  • Graduate students should be enrolled in an energy or international law-related LLM programme.

Participation

The FINL will be limited to 40 applicants. Priority will be given to applicants who have not yet attended either of the NEA’s other two educational programmes.

Language

All course instruction and discussion take place in English. Course materials are provided in English. Simultaneous interpretation is not available during the course.

Venue

The FINL will take place entirely online on the teleconferencing platform Zoom. Participants will be expected to join each session with their video on to facilitate interaction among participants and lecturers.

Registration fee

The registration fees for the 2021 FINL are:

  • EUR 120 for professionals; and
  • EUR 40 for students.

The registration fee includes: admission for the participant to the general lecture and discussion sessions and print and electronic reference material.

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

The registration fee can be paid either: (1) online, using a credit or debit card or (2) bank transfer. More details will be provided to those selected for the programme. Participation will be confirmed only upon payment in full of the registration fee.

Conditions

The NEA will process registration fee refunds due to medically-certified illness. Confirmed participants may have the right to transfer their registration to another person.

Contact

Please contact the Office of Legal Counsel of the NEA by e-mail if you have any questions.