Developments in international nuclear law: Helen G Cook

29 August 2012

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The history of international nuclear law can largely be told from the perspective of international nuclear events, such as the incident at Three Mile Island in the United States in 1979, followed by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine in 1986. The events at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 have had, and will continue to have, a dramatic impact on international nuclear politics, international nuclear law and the international nuclear industry. This presentation will provide an overview of international nuclear law in commercial practice and consider the current and future developments in international nuclear law post-Fukushima. It will also address the particular aspects of international nuclear law that are relevant to Australian interests.

About the speaker:

Helen Cook is a Senior Associate at the US Law Firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where she specializes in the law of nuclear energy. Since graduating from Sydney University in 2004 with a BA/LLB, Helen interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court before returning to Sydney to work at Allens Arthur Robinson. In 2007 Helen joined the UK law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in its Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices, where she worked for four years on energy and infrastructure projects in the Middle East. She became interested in nuclear power through advising the Government of Bahrain on the development of its civilian nuclear power program. Desiring to specialize in nuclear law, Helen moved to Washington DC in 2011 and joined the dedicated international nuclear power group at Pillsbury, where she is currently advising governments, developers, technology vendors, operators, fuel suppliers and international banks on many different aspects of civilian nuclear power programmes, including bilateral nuclear cooperation agreements, international nuclear law, export controls, nuclear liability and the procurement, construction and financing of new nuclear power plants.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this lecture is equal to 1.5 MCLE/CPD units.

This event is presented by the Sydney Centre for International Law.

Time: 6-7.30pm (Registration from 5.30)

Location: Common Room, Level 4, Sydney Law School, Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full: $25, Alumni: $20, F/T Students: $10

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