Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010: A Primer for the British Nuclear Industries
October 28, 2014
The growth of nuclear power was constrained after India conducted its first Peaceful Nuclear Explosion (PNE) in 1974. Although India did not violate any treaty obligations of the Non Proliferation Treaty, sanctions and denials were imposed that resulted in its isolation from international trade in nuclear technology, materials and fuel. After the Indo-US deal in 2008, India drew up ambitious plans. This report aims to provide an analysis of the Indian Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act and its impact on the UK nuclear industries. In this context, a visit to the UK Trade and Investment meeting held in London in January 2014 helped in understanding the concerns of some of the industries. The report studied the areas of concern and what could be done to harmonise the Indian Act with other international liability laws to facilitate nuclear trade as envisaged by the Indo-US agreement.