Hundreds of aspiring professionals set to benefit from IAEA-supported nuclear law programs in Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, Jamaica, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, following signing of agreements partnership with universities in the six countries last week.
The agreements will help increase educational and professional development opportunities for students and future professionals in the field of international and national nuclear law.
“In nuclear law, how people are introduced to the subject – whether they are introduced or not – will determine its future shape,” said IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi at the signing ceremony, which took place on the sidelines. of the IAEA’s first international conference on nuclear law: the global debate last week. “And as a result, it will influence how the atom will benefit future generations.”
The partnerships will help educate operators, regulators, lawyers, engineers and policy makers on nuclear law as a prerequisite for safe, secure and peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology; and build teaching capacity in the field.
“When it comes to nuclear law, there are too few opportunities for lawyers or engineering students to be exposed to something so central to the nuclear field: the legal framework that underpins all activities,” said Imraan Valodia, pro vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. “We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the IAEA to help our students and professors acquire additional resources in the teaching of nuclear law.
Within this pilot cooperation framework, the IAEA will work with each institution to develop a series of courses and smaller modules focusing on the four traditional branches of nuclear law – safety, security, safeguards and liability – to complement the training activities existing national or regional authorities in this field. domain. Courses will be open to students from a variety of academic backgrounds, including law, engineering, politics, and communications; smaller modules will be integrated into existing courses such as nuclear law, science and engineering. Upon successful completion of academic requirements and an internship with a national regulatory body, operator or relevant organizations, students will receive a Postgraduate Certificate in Nuclear Law.
The initiative will be implemented within the framework of the IAEA’s Legislative Assistance Programme, which is supported by the Technical Cooperation Programme. Through the Legislative Assistance Programme, the IAEA assists governments to adhere to and implement international legal instruments in the nuclear field and to develop corresponding national legal frameworks.