International School of Nuclear Law 2021 Online Session
2021 summer session: 23 August to 3 September 

The application period for the ISNL 2021 session is now closed

More information about the ISNL 2022 session will be available in the fall

Due to the continuing worldwide public health situation, the 2021 edition of the International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) will be conducted entirely online. Despite not being able to meet in person in Montpellier, the 2021 programme will deliver on the same rigorous educational objectives as it has for the past 20 years through a mixture of live programming, pre-recorded video lectures, group assignments, preparatory coursework, digital resources and social engagement. Notable features of the 2021 programme are:

  • leadership by Paul Bowden, Hon. Professor, International Energy and Environment Law, Nottingham Law School;
  • comprehensive lectures delivered by renowned specialists in nuclear law from international organisations, governments, academia and private industry;
  • question and answer sessions with lecturers;
  • thematic panel discussions;
  • interactive case studies;
  • group workshops; and
  • the opportunity to apply for a University Diploma (Diplôme d'université - D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier.

Selected participants will meet online for approximately three hours each day during the two-week programme for live sessions. In addition, participants will undertake an additional three to four hours of self-directed work each day. Selected participants are expected to:

  • attend the entire programme (i.e. watch all pre-recorded lectures, participate in group workshops and attend all live sessions); and
  • complete all assigned work.

Please determine in advance of your application whether you can devote two full weeks to the course – as if it were in person – before you apply.

Although the online ISNL will not include the Montpellier social events, an attempt will be made to provide an opportunity for the participants and lecturers to meet informally. One such event will be a welcome gathering on the Friday before the programme. The goal will be to provide additional ways to bring the class and lecturers together as much as possible in the virtual space.

Practical information


The 2021 ISNL will take place entirely online.

Application and requirements

Due to the highly competitive nature of the ISNL selection process, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the best possible application. Application forms must be completed in English. Please attach a digital passport-type photograph to your e-mail application. While a current resume or CV may be provided with your application, you are advised to submit all necessary information in the application form. Be aware that no additional documentation will be considered in the selection process.

Application forms must be submitted by Friday, 4 June 2021, at the latest.

** Please be aware that the application process will close once 150 applications are received and that only 40 participants will be selected. Therefore, it is advisable to apply as early as possible. **

Both professionals and graduate students will be considered for admission. Applicants do not need to come from NEA members countries. 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.

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 provide documentation of your student status.


The 2021 ISNL will be limited to 40 participants. Participants will be selected based on a number of factors that aim at a diverse representation of nationality, gender, professional experience, and academic background, among other factors.

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 for an NEA grant, please check the appropriate box on the application form.
  • The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) awards financial support to a limited number of professionals from its member states that are eligible under the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme. To apply for an IAEA grant, please check the appropriate box on the application form, and in addition, submit an application for IAEA financial support directly to the IAEA. More information on the application procedure is provided on the IAEA website.


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.

Registration fee

The registration fees for the 2021 session are:

  • EUR 1 200 for professionals; and
  • EUR 300 for students. 

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

Successful applicants will receive additional course information as well as bank payment details in early summer 2021.

The registration fee must be paid by bank transfer only and in full at least one month 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.

University Diploma in International Nuclear Law

ISNL participants have the possibility to apply for a University Diploma (Diplôme d'université - D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier. There are no additional fees to apply for or receive the diploma. You will be asked if you wish to apply to the diploma at the end of the ISNL programme (there is no need to register for it in advance).

More information about the diploma.

23 August 2021 - 3 September 2021
Online Session