It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 23rd International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) congress, being held at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 4 to 8 November 2018. This congress is the 23rd in a series of biennial conferences organized by INLA since 1971 and it follows the last INLA Congress which took place in New Delhi in 2016.
The main objective of the Congress is to enable the delegates to engage in exchanges on the different facets of international nuclear law in assisting countries and stakeholders in meeting future energy demand, contributing to sustainable development and mitigating climate change, as well as to discuss and exchange views on the key issues related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
The scientific program as detailed in the following pages, the legal challenges and opportunities in relation to nuclear energy in a time where a growing number of countries consider nuclear power as playing an essential role in addressing climate change and contributing to sustainable development. It also reiterates the importance of international cooperation and innovation in this context, as demonstrated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the Barakah Nuclear Power Project. Abu Dhabi is a perfect location for this meeting as it is getting closer to operating the first large scale nuclear power plant in the Gulf region. We have invited legal experts, regulators, insurers, industry representatives and public policy specialists to participate and share their common experience and knowledge.
The UAE offers a wide variety of touristic attractions as well as cultural and social experiences.
In addition to the many sponsors who came forward to provide their support for the congress, I wish to specifically express my gratitude to the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) for its contribution as a host in making this Congress a first class event. Also deserving a special recognition for their support are the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Agency. I would also like to recognize the many sponsors and individuals who gave their time and contributions to facilitate the organization of the congress, I extend my deepest gratitude.
The International Nuclear Law Association ( Association Internationale du Droit Nucléaire -AIDN ) was created in 1971 as a non- profit organization under Belgian law. It’s aim is to encourage relations among lawyers concerned by issues associated with the development of the regulation of the peaceful applications of nuclear energy. It also pursues the exchange of information and studies in this field as well as cooperation and the organization of scientific meetings, with a focus on the protection of persons, property and the environment. INLA currently counts about 600 members. It’s first Nuclear Inter Jura meeting was held in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1973 and other congresses have taken place every two years around the world since then. The congress now organized in Abu Dhabi is its 23rd.
You may read more about INLA at: http://aidn-inla.be/