1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage—snapshot
Produced in partnership with Clare Regnart
1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage—snapshot

The following Environment guidance note Produced in partnership with Clare Regnart provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage—snapshot
  • Snapshot of the 1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage
  • Background
  • Key elements of the Protocol
  • The definition of nuclear damage
  • Geographical scope
  • The period during which claims may be made
  • Special consideration for coastal states
  • The increased limits of liability
  • In Europe
  • more

Snapshot of the 1997 Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage

Title Protocol to Amend the Vienna Convention on Civil liability for Nuclear Damage
Parties 10 Parties 15 Signatories
Adopted 12th September 1997
Came into force 4th October 2003

Background

The Diplomatic Conference held in Vienna in 1997 adopted two instruments:

  1. a Protocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, hereinafter referred to as 'the Protocol'

  2. a Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage. This resulted from the view that an international supplementary fund was necessary to provide additional compensation for nuclear damage to that provided by the operator. This Convention opened for signature on 12th September 1997 but has yet to satisfy the necessary requirements to enter into force. It will enter into force on the ninetieth day following the date on which at least five states with a minimum of 400,000 units of installed nuclear capacity have ratified it.

Key elements of the Protocol

  1. it broadens the definition of nuclear damage and account is