IAEA Experts Participate in International Nuclear Law Conference in New Delhi

Senior nuclear law specialists from the IAEA recently participated in the 22nd Biennial Congress of the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA). The Congress is a leading international conference on legal issues relating to peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The conference was held from 7 to 11 November 2016 and hosted by the Nuclear Law Association, India in New Delhi.

Peri L. Johnson, IAEA Legal Adviser and Director of the IAEA Office of Legal Affairs, delivered remarks in the inaugural session of the Congress. She highlighted important developments in nuclear law and the IAEA’s cooperation with India.

Ms. Johnson noted India’s ratification of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC), remarking that this “would bring India into the fold of a potentially global, umbrella liability regime”.

Additionally, Ms. Johnson noted developments in India’s nuclear insurance law and nuclear power programme. She also discussed the collaboration between the IAEA and India on cancer control programmes. In particular, she noted the release in September 2016 of a cancer staging app to help doctors evaluate cancers affecting women. The app was developed jointly by the IAEA, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Tata Memorial Centre of India. This is the second cancer staging app developed jointly by the IAEA and Indian institutions.

At the inaugural session, Ms Johnson was also awarded the inaugural NLA President’s S. N. Bose Prize. The prize is given to an individual who has furthered the international discourse on law relating to nuclear energy. It is named after Satyendra Nath Bose, an Indian mathematician and nuclear physicist. In accepting the prize, Ms Johnson emphasized the role of the staff of the Office of Legal Affairs in supporting her engagement with the international nuclear legal community.

Also representing the IAEA was Wolfram Tonhauser, Head of the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, Office of Legal Affairs. Mr. Tonhauser spoke on a panel regarding nuclear security. He presented an update on the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and addressed the next steps of implementing the Amendment and encouraging as many States as possible to ratify it. He also discussed the upcoming International Conference on Nuclear Security, which will be held at IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 5 to 9 December 2016.


The INLA, which was created in 1972, is a non-profit international association based in Brussels, Belgium. Its purpose is to promote international study and information exchange on legal issues relating to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. The membership of INLA includes around 600 lawyers and other professionals interested in nuclear law. Every two years, INLA organizes a Congress called Nuclear Inter Jura in which nuclear lawyers from around the world participate.

Recent past congresses include Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2014; Manchester, UK, in 2012; Toronto, Canada, in 2009; Brussels, Belgium, in 2007; Portoroz, Slovenia, in 2005 and Cape Town, South Africa, in 2003. Further information on INLA can be found on its website.

Source: International Atomic Energy Agency