Nuclear War

Module code: LLMP 5220

Module description

In the UK and internationally the nuclear industry is undergoing a revival, with the construction of new nuclear power plants and decommissioning of older installations. At the same time a body of international and national law and regulation has built up to cover the construction, operation and decommissioning of such plants and the responsibilities of operators.

This Module aims to deliver an outline of the framework of laws and regulations governing this industry. We consider the context and development of nuclear law; international nuclear law; safety security and safeguards; operation and licensing of nuclear power stations; nuclear liability; safeguards and non-proliferation; transport; decommissioning and radioactive waste and spent fuel, and nuclear and the environment.

The aim is to give students an overview of the key principles, and the knowledge of where to find more detailed information.

Contact hours per student per year

  • Tutorials: 2 hours (optional)


  • Essay 1 (2,500 words): 50%
  • Essay 2 (2,500 words): 50%

Additional costs: Students may choose to purchase one or more textbooks relevant to the module. Students may choose to attend the optional Study days and incur travel/accommodation costs. IAEA materials such as the Handbook on Nuclear Law are free to download. Textbooks are suggested for reference purposes.

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