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Nuclear Law


Handbook on Nuclear Law: Implementing Legislation

Handbook on Nuclear Law:
Implementing Legislation

August 2010

(Available in: Arabic | English | French | Russian)

Handbook on Nuclear Law

Handbook on Nuclear Law
July 2003

(Available in: Arabic | French | Russian | Spanish)

International Law Series


The 1988 Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention - Explanatory Text
IAEA International Law Series No. 5
April 2013

This publication complements IAEA International Law Series No.3 and reproduces the explanatory text on the 1988 Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy. Finalized by the International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX), this text constitutes a comprehensive study and authoritative interpretation of that instrument.

The International Legal Framework for Nuclear Security
IAEA International Law Series No. 4
January 2011

This publication brings together the legally binding primary international instruments and the internationally accepted non-binding instruments that constitute the international legal framework for nuclear security. By setting out the legislative bases for the mandate of the IAEA in the area of nuclear security, it is hoped that this publication will increase awareness of the IAEA's role in facilitating national, regional and international efforts to enhance nuclear security, including measures to protect against nuclear terrorism.

It is also intended to serve as a guide in carrying out the IAEA’s nuclear security mandate and functions assigned to it under these instruments, including in the elaboration of nuclear security recommendations and guidance documents.

The 1997 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the 1997 Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage - Explanatory Texts
IAEA International Law Series No. 3
March 2007

The explanatory texts on the nuclear liability instruments concluded under Agency auspices in 1997, were finalized as a comprehensive study of the Agency’s nuclear liability regime by the International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX), established by the Director General in September 2003.

More particularly, the texts examine the 1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage and the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage adopted in 1997.

Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material
IAEA International Law Series No. 2
September 2006

This publication brings together in a more convenient format the official records and other relevant documents relating to the negotiations of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

The Amendment makes it legally binding for States Parties to protect nuclear facilities and material in peaceful domestic use, storage and transport. It also provides for expanded cooperation between and among states regarding rapid measures to locate and recover stolen or smuggled nuclear material, mitigate any radiological consequences of sabotage, and prevent and combat related offences.

The Amendment constitutes an important milestone in the global efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
IAEA International Law Series No. 1
September 2006

This publication brings together in a more convenient format the official records and other relevant documents relating to the negotiations of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management.

The Convention applies to spent fuel and radioactive waste resulting from civilian nuclear reactors and applications and to spent fuel and radioactive waste from military or defence programmes if and when such materials are transferred permanently to and managed within exclusively civilian programmes, or when declared as spent fuel or radioactive waste for the purpose of the Convention. The Convention also applies to planned and controlled releases into the environment of liquid or gaseous radioactive materials from related nuclear facilities.

The Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the first legal instrument to directly address these issues on a global scale, entered into force on 18 June 2001.

Safeguards


Legal Framework for IAEA Safeguards
2013

The nuclear non‑proliferation regime is a matrix of measures and mechanisms designed to address different aspects of the risk posed to global peace and security by the spread of nuclear weapons. International verification through IAEA safeguards is the cornerstone of that regime.

This publication provides a succinct, yet comprehensive, review of the legal framework for IAEA safeguards, and its historical development.

Legal Series


The Law and Practices of the International Atomic Energy Agency
Legal Series No. 7
September 1970

The Law and Practices of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Legal Series No. 7, (the basic book) was written by Mr. Paul C. Szasz in 1970. It is based on the Agency's official documents. In view of the author's thoroughness and familiarity with international law, it is felt that the book will be of real value to all those interested in the work of the Agency. Since then the Agency’s work expanded, emphasis of its programme components shifted and administrative practices changed. Thus, in 1993, a Supplement 1 to the basic book was issued in order to reflect the above changes.