Joint WG 1, 3 & 5 Meeting in Karlsruhe

July 6, 2017

The International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) and Karlsruhe, Germany have history. Back in 1973, the INLA hosted the first International Nuclear Law Congress in Karlsruhe. Forty-four years later the International Nuclear Law Association returns to Karlsruhe for a meeting.

The working groups 1 (safety & regulation), 3 (new build) and 5 (waste management) of the INLA met at the Achat Hotel Plaza on 3rd May 2017. The meeting gathered 25 participants from institutions worldwide (Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States) including the IAEA and the OECD-NEA.

The agenda comprised of the following topics: the impact of Brexit on the nuclear law field, the impact of the Trump administration on the US regulatory landscape, and the impact of contract models on new build project outcomes. Other topics such as governance in R&D disposal projects and the Swiss phase-out referendum were also discussed. The OECD-NEA and symposia on radioactive waste management updated the audience regarding their latest news.

The meeting was followed by a visit to the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Karlsruhe on 4th May 2017. The INLA participants visited the laboratories for improved nuclear safeguards, nuclear forensics, electron microscopy and hot cells used to analyse irradiated materials as well as the European Nuclear Security Training Centre (EUSECTRA).

The meeting’s main outcomes were:

  • For the first time, three working groups of the International Nuclear Law Association came together
  • The new working group on nuclear new build (working group 3) materialised (members and programmes were disclosed)
  • The three working groups identified topics for the International Nuclear Law Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE in November 2018
  • Nuclear law discussions were supported by the technical visit to the European Commission’s nuclear research facility in Karlsruhe, Germany
  • The INLA hosted a meeting in Karlsruhe for the first time since 1973.

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