San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Partner, M.V. Kini & Co.
President, International Nuclear Law Association
The recent Indo-US political breakthrough: A catalyst towards effective commercial negotiations in civil nuclear trade?
U.S. President Obama's visit to India on 25 January, 2015 led to a significant political breakthrough between the two nations which should finally enable commercial negotiations in the civil nuclear sector to materialize. The legal contours of the political understanding became clearer after the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, published an "FAQ and Answers" on India's Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 - a law with unique characteristics. One of the key outcomes of this recent denouement is the creation of an Indian Nuclear Insurance Pool (INIP) that would offer a nuclear insurance liability policy not only to the nuclear operator in india but also its suppliers. On May 27, Els Reynaers will discuss these legal and insurance-related developments in India, and what it means for Canadian nuclear vendors, regulators, and suppliers.
About the Speaker
Els Reynaers is a Partner at M.V. Kini & Co. and heads the firm’s Environment practice
She has law degrees from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium (magna cum laude), and the University of Delhi, India. She completed an LL.M. degree at the University of Georgia, U.S.A, which included a thesis on the regulation of transboundary movement of hazardous wastes.
Before moving to India, she worked as a lawyer on environment and energy-related issues at Allen & Overy, Brussels and at Giordano & Associates, Chicago, USA.
Prior to obtaining her Indian law degree Els headed the Centre for Global Agreements, Legislation and Trade at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi. She worked closely with the Government of India on its WTO trade and environment negotiations. She taught environmental law on the TERI School of Advanced Studies’ Masters Programme.
Els advises clients on a wide range of environmental laws and has extensive experience assisting companies with their environmental compliances and import requirements. She helps clients obtain or renew environmental permits, under the water, air, hazardous waste, pesticides and Environmental Impact Assessment laws and guides them through their interactions with various state pollution control boards and the Ministry of Environment and Forests. She tracks developments in various multilateral environmental agreements and advises on repercussions for India-based companies.
Els is widely published. She has recently written on India’s civil nuclear liability regime (“India's Nuclear Trade – Inching Forward?" in Key Developments in Environmental Law 2014, Canada Law Book) and published a monograph on the status of the precautionary principle.
Els is the current President (2015-2016) of the International Nuclear Law Association: www.aidn-inla.be and serves as the General Secretary of the Nuclear Law Association of India: www.nlain.org
11:30 - 12:00 Registration and Networking
12:00 - 12:45 Welcome, Presentations, & Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 Discussion, Q&A
1:30 - 2:00 Networking
Future of Nuclear Seminar Series
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