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Nuclear Law Regime : A Comprehensive Overview


Nuclear energy is one alternative to conventional sources of energy. Since Nuclear power can be both, a bane or a boon, it calls out for regulation and not for prohibition.

Man has depended on various sources for energy today, most of our power needs are fulfilled by fossil fuels derived from mines and ocean beds across the world. The global energy sector has seen a drastic shift towards renewable and eco-friendly fuel substitutes in light of the decreasing reserves of conventional fossil fuels, the environmental hazards posed by them, and the universal escalation in their prices. In line with the policy of globalization, strengthened foreign diplomacy, and with the lifting of nuclear sanctions against India – the Nuclear Energy sector is pegged to grow exponentially.

The Energy sector is under constant scrutiny for several factors like efficiency, safety and feasibility, which leads to constant innovation and development. This makes Energy Laws a very dynamic discipline which requires legal professionals to continuously read up and acquire new skills to remain relevant in the field. Similarly, for law students looking to venture out in the corporate world, it is advised to move ahead with a set of specialized skills – as various leading businesses and law firms need a specialist to handle specialized areas.

The current course will familiarize you with Nuclear Law, and equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the subject.

The objectives of the course –

  • Understand the development and jurisprudential background of Nuclear Law;
  • Familiarize with its international perspective;
  • Study the National Nuclear law.



The learner will be able to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension and functional understanding of Nuclear Law and Regulatory Framework for the nuclear sector in India.

On completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Understand the evolutionary development of nuclear law;
  • Examine the basic features, related issues, different players and decision-making process;
  • Comprehend the historical perspective on nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards;
  • Evaluate India's domestic nuclear approach;
  • Analyze the International nuclear and radiation safety regime;
  • Examine Indian nuclear and radiation safety framework; and
  • Compare the International and Indian nuclear liability law.


  • Module 1 – Nuclear Law – Development, Technology, Politics, Policy and Law
  • Module 2 – Introduction to International Nuclear Law
  • Module 3 – Legal Responses to Nuclear Issues
  • Module 4 – Players in Nuclear Law
  • Module 5 – Nuclear Liability
  • Module 6 – Nuclear Decisions: Public Perception and Participation
  • Module 7 – Historical Perspective on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Safeguards
  • Module 8 – International Nuclear Security and Safeguards
  • Module 9 – National Responses to Nuclear Non-Proliferation
  • Module 10 – International Nuclear and Radiation Safety Regime
  • Module 11 – Indian Nuclear and Radiation Safety Framework
  • Module 12 – Nuclear Liability and International Law
  • Module 13 – Liability for Nuclear Damage under Indian Law
  • Certification Exam/ Assessment



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  • Lawyers, legal advisers, law faculty and researchers;
  • Nuclear scientists, policy makers, and officials from various nuclear institutions;
  • Representatives from regulatory institutions and company professionals;
  • Social science researchers and faculty;
  • PhD students;
  • Law students; or
  • Any Professional interested in this area.

Level: Beginner

Language: English

Duration: 6 Months


Progress will be tested by way of quizzes and assignments at the end of each Module. Learners must attempt the exam at the end of the course and secure at least 50% marks to obtain course certificate.

About the Author

Dr. Jitendra Kumar did his LLM and PG diploma from the Delhi University. He then did his PhD in International Law and Legal Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru Vishwavidyala. He is a distinguished jurist in the field of Nuclear Law and currently serves as the Legal Adviser to the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India. He is also a member of International Expert Group on Nuclear Liability (INLEX), a consultant member of the IAEA and various other policy making and administrative international organizations. He has been associated with various premier legal institutions as an educator. The instructional designing in this course has been done by Team LawSkills.

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