VERTIC participates in Expert Meeting on National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the Expert Meeting on the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, during 20-21 November. Mr Spence gave VERTIC's statement to the Expert Meeting, which is available here.

The Expert Meeting had the objective of officially introducing the Kit to all Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) participants before its official submission by the Government of Indonesia to the NSS in March 2014 in The Hague, the Netherlands. To build wider ownership of the Kit, all participants, from 35 countries around the world, were invited to give their inputs on the Kit. Experts from international and regional organizations, including the IAEA, UNODC, CTBTO, and ASEAN, also gave their views on the Kit.

VERTIC warmly thanks the Government of Indonesia who initiated this gift basket, as well as our funders for their generous financial support towards our work on the Kit: the Global Partnership Program of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and the Strategic Programme Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom. And VERTIC joins Indonesia in thanking  those twenty-six countries around the world who supported Indonesia’s proposed gift basket to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.

The Kit, which was drafted by VERTIC, covers the following international instruments:

  • the 1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and 2005 amendment;
  • the 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT);
  • the 2010 Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Beijing Convention);
  • the 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation as amended by the 2005 Protocol;
  • the 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf as amended by the 2005 Protocol;
  • the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty;
  • the 1997 International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings;
  • as well as the non-legally binding Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (Code of Conduct) and Supplementary Guidance on the Import and Export of Radioactive Sources.

The Kit includes five sections:

  • a foreword, which reiterates the two primary objectives of the Kit;
  • an introduction, which explains the background and structure of the Kit;
  • a model law for nuclear security;
  • a description of the process for developing nuclear security legislation; and
  • acknowledgements.

The model law in Part III of the Kit contains eight sections:

  • overview of the law;
  • definitions;
  • national regulation of nuclear security;
  • accounting for, securing and physically protecting nuclear and other radioactive material;
  • transfer controls;
  • offences and penalties;
  • jurisdiction; and
  • national criminal enforcement and international co-operation.

For more information, please contact VERTIC Senior Legal Officer Scott Spence.

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