1997 Protocol to the 1963 Vienna Convention—snapshot
1997 Protocol to the 1963 Vienna Convention—snapshot

The following Energy practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • 1997 Protocol to the 1963 Vienna Convention—snapshot
  • Diplomatic conference in Vienna
  • Key elements of the 1997 Protocol
  • Extended definition of nuclear damage
  • Extended geographical scope
  • Extended limitation period
  • Special consideration for coastal states
  • Increased minimum liability for nuclear incidents
  • The future of the 1997 Protocol
  • Implementation in the EU
  • More...

TitleProtocol to Amend the 1963 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage
Parties13 parties
Adopted12 September 1997
Came into force4 October 2003
SubjectNuclear liability

Diplomatic conference in Vienna

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 (1997 Protocol)

  2. a Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC)

Parties to the 1963 Vienna Convention and the 1997 Protocol must read and interpret them together as one single text that may be referred to as the 1997 Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage. See Practice Note: 1963 Vienna Convention—snapshot.

The CSC opened for signature on 12 September 1997 and entered into force on 15 April 2015.

Key elements of the 1997 Protocol

The 1997 Protocol:

  1. broadens the definition of nuclear damage under the Vienna Convention

  2. extends the geographical scope of the Vienna Convention

  3. extends the period during which claims may be made under the Vienna Convention

  4. provides special consideration for coastal states

  5. increases the limits of liability

Extended definition of nuclear damage

The

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