Drawing on modern teaching methods based on interaction and practice, the NLI provides a combination of "impulse" lectures covering the fundamentals of nuclear law; facilitated small-group (so-called "TOP") sessions focusing on the implementation of the information from the lectures; and a number of legislative drafting exercises.
An "impulse" lecture is a lecture lasting no longer than 40-45 minutes with strong key messages and a clear learning objective leading into smaller group sessions, so-called TOP Sessions.
TOP sessions are intended to give participants the opportunity to discuss in a structured manner the content of the lecture and relate it to their own experience and objectives.
In addition, Special Sessions allow participants to gain in-depth knowledge of ancillary topics of specific interest.
The Issue Forum concludes the training session by allowing participants to present the results of a special project assigned to them during the course.
The learning process is complemented by printed and on-line material.
The NLI takes place over a two-week period and addresses the following aspects of nuclear law:
- Nuclear Safety (including transport of radioactive material)
- Nuclear Security
- Safeguards and Non-proliferation
- Nuclear Liability and Insurance
In addition, the following specific subjects are addressed in the context of Special Sessions:
- The Relationships between Environmental Law and Nuclear Law
- Nuclear Trade
- Nuclear Safety Culture
- Financial Aspects of Decommissioning
- Small and Medium Size Reactors
- Transparency and Public Involvement
All lectures and presentations are delivered by well-known experts from the IAEA and other institutions.