Prevention, Preparedness and Assistance Concerning Nuclear Accidents: Effective Legal Framework or Patchwork?

Dirk Jurgen Hanschel

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This paper deals with the legal rules regarding nuclear disaster management relating to prevention, preparedness and assistance. The author argues that while multiple rules exist on the international level that display a certain amount of strength, they do not yet constitute an effective framework. In light of the recent disaster at the nuclear power plant of Fukushima in Japan, further steps need to be taken in order to enhance their applicability, scope and coherence. Domestic legislation is required for their implementation and may, at the same time, provide a model for further international rule-making in light of the fact that nuclear fallout does not respect borders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-251
Number of pages35
JournalGerman Yearbook of International Law
Issue number-
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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