assists member countries in the development, strengthening and harmonisation of nuclear legislation based on internationally accepted principles for the safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy;
supports the modernisation of the international nuclear liability conventions and broad adherence to their regimes;
collects, analyses and disseminates information on nuclear law developments from around the world through an extensive publications programme and regularly conducts intensive, high-level educational programmes in nuclear law;
provides legal support to the NEA's programmes and projects and acts as the depositary on behalf of the OECD Secretary-General for international instruments on nuclear energy under OECD auspices.
Developing, strengthening, and harmonising nuclear legislation
The Office of Legal Counsel
supports the Nuclear Law Committee (NLC) in working towards strengthening legislation to promote nuclear safety and fair compensation for nuclear damage resulting from an accident, as well as in helping to facilitate nuclear trade;
assists NEA member countries and selected partner countries to harmonise national nuclear legislation in-line with internationally agreed-upon principles;
contributes to the implementation of nuclear safety assistance programmes;
provides public access to information on state and international developments in nuclear law.
Interpretation and modernisation of the international nuclear liability regimes
Office of Legal Counsel works with the NLC and the Contracting Parties to the Paris Convention to support modernisation of the international nuclear liability conventions, assist states with interpretation issues of these conventions, encourage broad adherence and contribute to finding solutions to conflict with other legislation.
It advocates ratification and implementation of the
The Office of Legal Counsel provides current, online information on national legislation, regulatory and institutional frameworks and international protocols and conventions on nuclear activity and liability issues.
The NEA Nuclear Law Bulletin is published twice a year and includes the following:
expert contributions on contemporary nuclear law issues;
developments in state legislation and international agreements;
updates on intergovernmental agency activity;
texts of significant new laws and other legal documents.
The International School of Nuclear Law (ISNL) is a two-week diploma programme run annually by the NEA and the University of Montpellier 1 and supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Covering essential aspects of international nuclear law, it is designed for students and professionals in the field.
The Office of Legal Counsel provides advisory, negotiating and drafting services to NEA management and to officials responsible for carrying out NEA programmes and projects, including international joint projects in nuclear safety, radioactive waste and radiological protection.