Objectives: To ensure adequate and equitable compensation for victims of nuclear incidents, whilst ensuring that the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is not thereby hindered and to unify the basic rules in various countries relating to liability incurred for such damage.
Summary or provisions: The operator of a nuclear installation is to be liable for damage to, or loss of life of, any person and damage to, or loss of, any property upon proof that such loss or damage was caused by a nuclear incident involving inter alia nuclear fuel, radioactive products or waste coming from such an installation (art. 3). The Convention defines the maximum liability of the operator (art. 7). Actions must be brought within 10 years from the date of the nuclear incident (art. 8). The operator is not liable if incident caused by act of armed conflict, invasion, civil war or grave natural disaster of an exceptional character (art. 9). This abstract takes into account the amendments adopted in 1964 and 1982.
(Source: IUCN ELC, 08.2005, based on UNEP Register of International Treaties and Other Agreements in the Field of the Environment, 1996)