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Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy

Document type
Multilateral
Field of application
Regional/restricted
Date
Jul 29, 1960
Source
IUCN (ID: TRE-000435)
Title (French)

Convention sur la responsabilité civile dans le domaine de l'énergie nucléaire

Title (Other)

Übereinkommen über die Haftung gegenüber Dritten auf dem Gebiet der Kernenergie

Place of adoption
Paris
Depository
OECD Org. for Economic Co-operation and Development
Language
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
Entry into force
Apr 1, 1968
Subject
Waste & hazardous substances, Energy
Keyword
Radioactive waste Nuclear energy Transport/storage Hazardous waste Liability/compensation Policy/planning Radioactive pollution
Geographical area
Europe
Abstract

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)

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