Nuclear liability publications, workshops and symposia

Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 18-20 October 2017

On 18-20 October 2017, the NEA and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic co-organised the Third International Workshop on the Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident. Held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, the workshop brought together more than 170 participants from 24 NEA member countries and 8 non-member countries, representing a variety of organisations, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the European Commission, government agencies, regulatory authorities, operators, suppliers, nuclear insurance pools and law firms. It aimed to explore the practical application of international nuclear liability instruments and the potential consequences with regard to non-convention states in the event of a nuclear accident causing transboundary damage. Participants discussed approaches to determining the damage to be compensated, proving the causal link between the damage and the nuclear accident, identifying the liable entity, handling claims, resolving disputes and ensuring the adequate financial compensation for the victims.

The workshop was organised into the following sessions: (1) notification of an accident and evacuation process; (2) determining the damage to be compensated; (3) proving the causal link; (4) identifying the liable entity; (5) claims handling; (6) resolving disputes; (7) amounts available.

The proceedings of the workshop are under preparation.


Nuclear Damages, Liability Issues and Compensation Schemes, Paris, France, 10-11 December 2013

The workshop was held at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Headquarters in Paris on 10-11 December 2013, and gathered nearly 75 invited experts from 14 NEA member countries, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission. The participants, representing legal experts, insurers, economists and industry communities, shared their experience regarding the legal framework and the insurance coverage for nuclear liability, with a particular focus on the financial aspects.

The workshop was organised into the following four sessions: (1) presentation of the international nuclear liability regimes; (2) presentation of selected national nuclear liability regimes and regimes applicable to other industries; (3) insurance and alternative forms of financial security; (4) the industry perspective on nuclear liability.


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Japan's Compensation System for Nuclear Damage: As Related to the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident (2012)

Following the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, extraordinary efforts were undertaken in Japan to implement a compensation scheme for the proper and efficient indemnification of the affected victims. This publication provides English translations of key Japanese legislative and administrative texts and other implementing guidance, as well as several commentaries by Japanese experts in the field of third party nuclear liability.

The NEA has prepared this publication in co-operation with the government of Japan to share Japan’s recent experience in implementing its nuclear liability and compensation regime. The material presented in the publication should provide valuable insights for those wishing to better understand the regime applied to compensate the victims of the accident and for those working on potential improvements in national regimes and the international framework for third party nuclear liability.


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Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 18-20 May 2005

The Second International Workshop on the Indemnification of Nuclear Damage was held in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, from 18 to 20 May 2005. The workshop was co-organised by the NEA and the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of the Slovak Republic. It attracted wide participation from national nuclear authorities, regulators, operators of nuclear installations, nuclear insurers and international organisations.

The purpose of the workshop was to assess the third party liability and compensation mechanisms that would be implemented by participating countries in the event of a nuclear accident taking place within or near their borders. To accommodate this objective, two fictitious accident scenarios were developed: one involving a fire in a nuclear installation located in the Slovak Republic and resulting in the release of significant amounts of radioactive materials off-site, and the other a fire on board a ship transporting enriched uranium hexafluoride along the Danube River. The first scenario was designed to involve the greatest possible number of countries, with the second being restricted to countries with a geographical proximity to the Danube. These proceedings contain the papers presented at the workshop, as well as reports on the discussion sessions held.


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Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident, Paris, France, 26-28 November 2001

The Workshop on the Indemnification of Damage in the Event of a Nuclear Accident, organised by the NEA in close co-operation with the French authorities, was held in Paris from 26 to 28 November 2001. This event was an integral part of the International Nuclear Emergency Exercise INEX 2000. It attracted wide participation from national nuclear authorities, regulators, operators of nuclear installations, nuclear insurers and international organisations.

The objective was to test the capacity of the existing nuclear liability and compensation mechanisms in the 29 countries represented at the workshop to manage the consequences of a nuclear emergency. This workshop was based upon the scenario used for the INEX 2000 Exercise, i.e. an accident simulated at the Gravelines nuclear power plant in the north of France in May 2001. These proceedings contain a comparative analysis of legislative and regulatory provisions governing emergency response and nuclear third party liability, based upon country replies to a questionnaire. This publication also includes the full responses provided to that questionnaire, as well as the texts of presentations made by special guests from Germany and Japan describing the manner in which the public authorities in their respective countries responded to two nuclear accidents of a very different nature and scale.


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Reform of Civil Nuclear Liability, Budapest, Hungary, 31 May to 3 June 1999

The International Symposium on the Reform of Civil Nuclear Liability, organised by the NEA in co-operation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and the European Commission, was held in Budapest, Hungary, from 31 May to 3 June 1999. The event attracted over 200 participants from 50 countries, with a view to examining nuclear liability and compensation issues in the context of the recent revision of the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, the adoption of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage and the current negotiations being carried out under the aegis of the NEA on the amendment of the Paris and Brussels Conventions. These proceedings reproduce all papers which were presented at the symposium, and provide detailed records of the discussion periods.


Liability and Compensation for Nuclear Damage: An International Overview (1994)

This book describes the legal regime established to deal with the aftermath of a nuclear accident and the reappraisal of that regime following the Chernobyl disaster. It focuses particularly on the international regime, but includes an account of certain national legislations and of the system of nuclear insurance. Schedules provide the texts of the major international liability conventions.


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Nuclear Accidents: Liabilities and Guarantees, International Symposium, Helsinki, Finland, 31 August - 3 September 1992

The Symposium on Nuclear Accidents: Liabilities and Guarantees, organised by the NEA in collaboration with the IAEA, took place in Helsinki, from 31 August to 3 September 1992. The meeting discussed the nuclear third party liability regime established by the Paris and Vienna Conventions, its advantages and shortcomings, and assessed the teachings of the Chernobyl accident in the context of that regime. The topics included the geographical scope of the Conventions, the definition of nuclear damage, in particular environmental damage, insurance cover and capacity, supplementary compensation by means of a collective contribution from the nuclear industry or governments, and finally, the international liability of states in case of nuclear accident.

The proceedings of the symposium include, in English or French, the full texts of the papers presented, the ensuing discussions and the panel discussions.


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Protection of the Population in the Event of a Nuclear Accident: A Basis for Intervention (1990)

This report is intended to assist national authorities in the development of their policies and criteria for the management of the consequences of a nuclear accident. It follows up on a first report on this matter, titled Nuclear Accidents: Intervention Levels for the Protection of the Population, published by the NEA in 1989 (see below), and aims to provide additional guidance and take into account more recent developments in other international organisations.


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Third Party Liability (1990)

This study reviews national legislation in the field of third party liability for nuclear damage. It is divided into three parts. The first part covers the international Conventions on Nuclear Third Party Liability, explaining their principles and provisions and giving their status of signatures and ratifications. The second and most important part deals with national legislation on the liability of operators of nuclear installations according to a plan, standardised to the extent possible, to facilitate research and comparison. The last part contains a brief analysis of laws governing the liability of operators of nuclear-powered ships.


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Nuclear Accidents: Intervention Levels for the Protection of the Public (1989)

The impact of the 1986 Chernobyl accident called attention to the need to improve international harmonisation of the principles and criteria for the protection of the public in the event of a nuclear accident. This report provides observations and guidance related to the harmonisation of radiological protection criteria, and is intended to be of use to national authorities and international organisations examining the issue of emergency response planning and intervention levels.


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Nuclear Third Party Liability and Insurance: Status and Prospects, International Symposium, Munich, 10-15 September 1984

The Symposium on Nuclear Third Party Liability and Insurance: Status and Prospects, organised jointly by the NEA and the IAEA, took place in Munich from 10 to 14 September 1984. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the fundamental principles of nuclear third party liability, the role of the insurance market, coverage of risk and the concept of nuclear damage as well as a number of new questions raised by the technical evolution in the nuclear field.

The proceedings of the symposium contain the full texts, in English or French, of the papers presented, the panel discussions and the general discussions following presentation of the papers.


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Long-Term Management of Radioactive Waste: Legal, Administrative and Financial Aspects (1984)

This study constitutes an initial analysis, at an international level, of the institutional aspects of the long-term management of radioactive waste and may be added to the numerous scientific and technical studies devoted to this question. It describes how legislation and regulatory controls, financing methods and the nuclear third party liability regime may be adapted so as to help ensure the long-term safety of the technical containment systems for radioactive waste.


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Third Party Liability and Insurance in the Field of Maritime Carriage of Nuclear Substances, Monaco (1968)

The symposium was held in Monaco on 7-11 October 1968. It discussed the third party liability rules deriving from maritime and nuclear conventions, as well as the practical positions as regards the maritime carriage of nuclear substances and their conditions of insurance, in order to review the various questions raised by the application of the legal system. Practical measures were also discussed with a view to improving or even completing the legal system applicable to such carriage, and facilitating the insurance thereof.

The proceedings of the symposium include a synoptic report on the problems dealt with in the papers and during the discussions.

Last reviewed: 5 April 2018

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