Nuclear Accident Compensation Schemes. Have we calculated the true costs of nuclear energy?

Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Meridian 180 are pleased to invite you to an expert briefing on nuclear accident compensation schemes, taking place on Friday 19 May 2017; 02:00 – 03:30PM in Brussels’ Steigenberger Hotel.

As the EU works towards a more sustainable energy landscape in the face of climate change, the role of nuclear energy is again the subject of debate – from discussions about France’s heavy dependence on nuclear energy production to Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022. Countries around the world are looking to nuclear as part of their plan to reduce carbon emissions. But nuclear power carries very high risks, as catastrophic accidents have already demonstrated.

Six years after the meltdown at Fukushima, Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies and Meridian 180 bring top experts from the U.S. and Japan to Brussels to discuss current practices and necessary reforms in the fields of nuclear safety and risk preparedness.

The event will launch the Einaudi Center’s comparative study of U.S., Soviet/post-Soviet, and Japanese nuclear accident compensation schemes, which assesses the previously hidden costs of nuclear energy that have been exposed by the accidents at Three Mile Island, Chernobyl, and Fukushima.

· Speakers ·

  • Annelise Riles, Jack G. Clarke Professor of Far East Legal Studies & Professor of Anthropology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, US
  • Takao Suami, Professor of Law, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Rebecca Slayton, Assistant Professor, Science & Technology Studies & Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University
  • Sonja Schmid, Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, Falls Church, Virginia, United States
  • Mary X. Mitchell, Postdoctoral Fellow, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University

· Briefing Synopsis ·

The event will offer policy-makers, NGOs, scholars, scientists, and interested members of the general public an international and comparative assessment of liability and public compensation schemes in the nuclear field. It presents the work of a global working group of experts convened by Meridian 180, a multilingual platform for policy solutions, and the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies at Cornell University. Covering experiences with diverse technologies, governance strategies, and accident scenarios in the United States, the USSR/post-USSR, Europe, and Japan, the expert participants will outline the challenges that nuclear accidents have posed for affected people and communities as well as for the financing of the nuclear industry worldwide. 

Questions? Contact chm72@cornell.edu I +1-917-763-6499


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