Meeting Agenda (2014)

Third NLA Annual Meet
Nuclear Energy and Indian Society: Public Engagement, Risk Assessment and Legal Frameworks
01 March 2014, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

 Registration:  8:30AM to 9:30AM

 Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


9:30AM to 10:30AM:  Inaugural Session


Supporting Law Firm

Publication Partner

Journal of Risk Research

                Journal of Risk Research

(Taylor & Francis)

Welcome Address

Dr M P Ram Mohan, Fellow, TERI & President, Nuclear Law Association

Presidential Address:

Ambassador Rakesh Sood, Prime Minister's Special Envoy For Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Inaugural Address:

Shri S A Bhardwaj , DAE- Homi Bhabha Chair, Retired Director (Tech) Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited

Special Address:

Gourab Banerji. Additional Solicitor General, Supreme Court of India

Questions and Answer Session

Tea (10:30AM to 11:00AM)

11:00AM to 12:30: Session 1

Public engagement, consultation and acceptance of nuclear projects

    - Sociological context of public engagement and consultation

    - Current state of affairs and new approaches to public consultation

    - Case studies from new green field nuclear project sites

    - Public opinion and acceptability for nuclear energy projects

    - Role of State, NGOs and Public 

Chair of the Session: Siddharth Varadarajan, Senior Journalist & Fellow, Centre for Public Affairs and Critical Theory


Dr Mahesh Kamble, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai                   

S K Malhotra, Outstanding Scientist  & Head Public Awareness Division, Department of Atomic Energy

R K Mishra, Suptd (Environment), Uranium Corporation of India Limited

Ashok Chauhan, Executive Director, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited

Piyush Singh, Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur

    Questions and Answer Session

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30 PM

 1:30 to 3:00 PM: Session 2

 Vales, Attitudes and Acceptability: Lessons from other countries

   -   Fukushima and nuclear energy choices

   -   Social dimensions of nuclear power

   -   Public engagement, acceptance and regulatory process

   -   Management of HLW

Chair of the Session: Dr R B Grover, Homi Bhabha Chair Professor, DAE and Director, HBNI


Erwan Hinault, Chairman and Managing Director, AREVA, India

Patrick Reyners, Former Head of Legal Affairs, OECD-NEA and IAEA Legal Consultant

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

Questions and Answer Session


Tea (3:00PM to 4:00PM)

4:00PM to 5:30 PM

Session 3: Legal Framework for a Safe and Secure Nuclear Energy Program

   -   Safety regulations and its enforcement

   -   Nuclear regulatory institutions

   -   Siting, consent and project execution

   -   Environmental impact assessments and plans

   -   Nuclear liability and compensation

Chair: Mohit Abraham, Advocate on Record, Supreme Court of India & Partner, PXV Law Partners


S Harikumar, Member -OPSD, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board

Evelyne Ameye, Of counsel,  Gómez-Acebo & Pombo Abogados S. L. P, Spain

                        Aishwarya Saxena, SNDT Women’s University Law School, Mumbai

Dr P B Rastogi, Director (Impact Assessment and Nuclear projects), Ministry of Environment and Forests

Ritwik Dutta, Advocate, National Green Tribunal, New Delhi

Questions and Answer Session

Summary of the event: Els Reynaers Kini, Partner M V Kini & Co and Secretary, Nuclear Law Association

    5:30PM to 6:30PM: High tea and snacks