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Winter Course

Winter Certificate Course on "Nuclear Energy and Law"

Jointly organised by

Nuclear Law Association, India (NLA) & TERI University, New Delhi (TU)

Venue: TERI University, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

The objective of the NLA-TU Winter Course is to:
1. Provide the participants with a basic understanding of nuclear science and technology;
2. Understand the special nature of India's nuclear history and international engagement;
3. Expose the participants to the functioning of a nuclear power plant;
4. Comprehensively equip students to critically examine international nuclear law; and
5. Study India's nuclear law, regulatory process and judicial decisions.

Study Trip to a Nuclear Power Plant
In association with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited a technical study trip to Narora Nuclear Power Plant in UP is planned. The trip is only for Indian nationals.

Faculty: Senior Legal, Scientific, Industry and Diplomacy Professionals from,

- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- Department of Atomic Energy, India
- OECD- Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD-NEA)
- Nuclear Insurance Industry; Research Institutes & Legal Community

Participants (max. 30):
- Lawyers, law teachers and researchers, and legal advisers and counsels
- Nuclear scientists and officials nuclear institutions
- Representatives from regulatory institutions
- Company professionals
- PhD students, and 4th and 5th year law students

Fees for 5-day course
Check the course programme

The fee includes - lunch and tea for the duration of the course, the course materials and travel to the Narora Nuclear Power Plant. Accommodation is not covered.

Based on request, outstation guests will be provided assistance in getting reasonable lodging facilities near the venue.


Mohit Abraham: Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India & Partner, Khaitan & Co., New Delhi

Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
, Partner, VERUS Advocates

S Harikumar,
Secretary, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)

SK Chande
: Former Vice-Chairman, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)

Noriko Endo Project Professor, University of Keio, Japan 

Suresh Gangotra, Head, Safety, Security and Safeguards Division, DAE

Shibani Ghosh, Lawyer; Fellow, Centre for Policy Research

Amandeep Singh Gill, Joint Secretary, (D&ISA), Ministry of External Affairs

Ravi B Grover: Director, Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI) & Member, Atomic Energy Commission

Professor P C Kesavan
: Distinguished Fellow, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

Vinod Kumar, Author; Fellow, Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, , New Delhi

Jitendra Kumar
: Legal Adviser, Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India

Peri Johnson
: Director of Legal Affairs & Legal Adviser, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Dr. Odette Jankowitsch:
Former Senior Legal Officer, IAEA

M P Ram Mohan: Fellow, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) & President, Nuclear Law Association, India 

A N Nandakumar, Former Head, Radiological Safety Division, AERB

Bhaskar Pandit, Chief Engineer, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited

Y Ramulu, General Manager, General Insurance Corporation of India

Patrick Reyners,
Former Head of Legal Affairs at OECD-NEA, Paris

Ambassador Sheel K Sharma: Former Ambassador of India in Vienna and Permanent Representative of India to IAEA

Kimberly Sexton Nick
: Lawyer, Legal Affairs Section, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA)

Tyson R Smith
, Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP, United States

Shekhar Sumit, Associate, Herbert Smith Freehills, UK

Wolfram Tonhauser, Head, Nuclear and Treaty Law Section, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Course Program

Day 1: Nuclear Science & Technology /  India’s Nuclear Energy Program / and International Institutions and Negotiations

-          Nuclear energy development: evolution - science to technology; nuclear energy fuel cycle; current NPPs / types of technology

-          India’s nuclear energy program: evolution, technology program, governance structures

-          Introduction to international nuclear law, the IAEA – its role and functions -, safeguards

-          Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty & Nuclear Suppliers Group, along with case study 

-          The US-India Agreement, 2008; India specific IAEA safeguards agreement; NSG negotiations and waiver; nuclear trade and commerce


Panel  Discussion

Welcome Reception and Dinner event

Day 2: Radiation Protection, Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Security

-          Radiation protection: basic understanding, philosophy, Indian and international system of radiation protection standards

-          Nuclear safety concepts; IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

-          Convention on Nuclear Safety; Convention on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management and Spent Fuel Management

-          Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 1980 and 2005 Amendment

-          Nuclear security: International Instruments + 2005 Amendment

-          Illicit trafficking and nuclear terrorism: including UN Convention on Nuclear Terrorism, 2005


Special talk: Fukushima accident and changes in regulatory and liability laws in Japan

Day 3:  Nuclear Transport & Regulatory Systems

-          International law of nuclear transport

-          Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident, 1986; Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, 1987

-          Nuclear regulatory process in United States - NRC- licensing process, public consultation, etc.  

-          Nuclear regulatory regime in India; AERB safety, consent and licensing codes; NSRA Bill, 2011

-          Comparative regulatory regimes from the OECD: best practices in regulation, consent process, public consultation and involvement

Case study & group work: Nuclear Energy and Regulation

Day 4: Nuclear Projects and Environmental and Social Laws; Judicial Decisions in India

-          Environmental law and nuclear projects: statutory consents, Environmental Impact Assessment procedures, public consultation and National Green Tribunal decisions

-          Land acquisition and nuclear projects: Land Acquisition and Resettlement Act, 2014; Rules and the proposed new amendments

-          Kudankulam Judgement of Supreme Court: case analysis

Round Table Discussion: Perspectives from the Operator and Civil Society

Day 5:  Nuclear Emergency Conventions & Liability – International & India

-          International nuclear liability and insurance principles: Paris and Joint Protocol, Vienna and CSC regimes, INLEX activities

-          United States nuclear liability law: Price Anderson Act and case laws

-          India: The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 and related Rules

-          Nuclear Insurance in India: Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) and its operation

Case study & group work: Nuclear Liability Law

Certificate Distribution

Day 6: Study visit to Narora Nuclear Power Plant (Uttar Pradesh)


Course Directors:
M P Ram Mohan, Associate Professor, TERI University
Mobile: +91 9212763410 Email:

R Rajesh Babu, Associate Professor, Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, Email:

General Enquiries:
Els Reynaers Kini, General Secretary, Nuclear Law Association & Partner, M V Kini & Co. Mobile: +91 9821870055 Email:

Rishika Singh, Lawyer; Research Scholar,


Based on request, participants will be provided assistance in getting lodging facilities near the venue. Contact: Mr Vikas Bhati, Asst. Administrative Officer, TERI University. Mobile: +9873249925