[Thursday July 20] 58th STIG PoP Seminar: The role of the IAEA in the development of nuclear law

The 58th STIG PoP Seminar entitled “The role of the IAEA in the development of nuclear law” was held on 20 July, inviting Mr. Wolfram Tonhauser, Section Head for Nuclear and Treaty Law, Office of Legal Affairs, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). 23 participants including researchers of universities and legal experts, as well as students of the University of Tokyo, joined the discussion.
Mr. Honhauser introduced three major roles of the IAEA: 1) IAEA concludes international agreements; 2) IAEA establishes technical standards and recommendations; 3) Member States conclude and become party to treaties and codes of conduct under IAEA auspices. He emphasized the importance of support to member states to transfer the non-binding standards and recommendation into national law.
Participants posed questions such as “Why there are nuclear embarking countries that adopt a different regal system from international standards for nuclear liability?”, and “Is it possible to establish binding peer-pressure program to transfer international standards into domestic law?”, and these questions were deeply debated there. (Asoc.Prof. Kenta Murakami, Nagaoka University of Technology)

The presentation will describe the normative role of the IAEA in nuclear law with an emphasis on nuclear safety and security. It will outline the relevant international legal framework, the Agency’s law making authority and how IAEA safety standards and security guidance documents are developed and implemented. The presentation will also describe and touch upon current issues and trends in international nuclear law.

Date: 19:00-20:30, Thursday July 20, 2017
Venue: 1F Seminar Room 2, Economics Research Annex (Kojima Hall), Hongo Campus, University of Tokyo

Speaker: Wolfram Tonhauser(Section Head for Nuclear and Treaty Law, Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA -International Atomic Energy Agency-)

Language: English
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Wolfram Tonhauser joined the Office of Legal Affairs of the IAEA in 1993 and is currently the Section Head for Nuclear and Treaty Law in that office. In this capacity, he advises on all legal aspects related to nuclear safety and security, nuclear energy, nuclear applications, technical cooperation and civil liability for nuclear damage.

He has served as scientific secretary to many international meetings and conferences in these fields. He has also been the IAEA officer responsible for the negotiation of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and the Code of Conduct on the Safety of Research Reactors.

Wolfram Tonhauser has published numerous articles in different areas of nuclear law, including nuclear safety, security and civil liability for nuclear damage. He is a co-author of the IAEA’s Handbook on Nuclear Law, Volumes I and II, and manages the IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme, which provides education and training to IAEA Member States in all areas of nuclear law and assists them in drafting corresponding national legislation.

He is a regularly invited speaker at various academic institutions, including the International School of Nuclear Law at the University of Montpellier and the Summer Institute of the World Nuclear University.

Contact:STIG Education Program Office