- Code REGN8024
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Regulation and Global Governance
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject RegNet
- Areas of interest Law, Strategic Studies, Nuclear Physics
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
Autumn Session 2023
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Responsible management of Australia's nuclear capabilities is a complex regulatory problem. Australia exports, but does not enrich, uranium; it uses nuclear technology for scientific and medical purposes, but not for power generation; it is globally ranked as a leading exponent of nuclear safeguards but is also a partner in AUKUS -- the 2021 agreement between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to share defence technologies and know-how. Amongst other things, this commits Australia to developing a nuclear-propelled submarine fleet. To do this, Australia must manage the life-cycle of multiple mobile reactors, their fuel and their environments. AUKUS makes Australia unique, as the first non-nuclear power to adopt nuclear technology for non-peaceful purposes. This course unpacks the multi-layered, multi-actor landscape of Australia's nuclear capabilities at the domestic, multilateral and international level. It examines the legal and regulatory frameworks and institutions for managing civilian and military applications; the risks that attach to civilian and military applications of nuclear materials and how these risks are managed; the regulatory culture of nuclear technologies and the organisations responsible for them; and how current and future domestic frameworks connect to Australia's transnational and global obligations.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and understand core elements, stages and types of risk in the nuclear fuel cycle
- Describe the key state and non-state regulatory actors in Australia, their enabling legislation and regulatory tools including ASNO (Australian Safeguards and Non-Proliferation Office); ARWA (Australian Radioactive Waste Agency), ARPANSA (Australian Radioactive Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency) and the ACT Radiation Council and its equivalents and the organisations to which they apply these
- Analyse core concepts in the international nuclear safeguards regime, Australia's relationship with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and how concepts such as nuclear stewardship are understood within and outside Australia
- Be able to contribute to informed debate about regulatory challenges likely to emerge in Australia and within the Indo-Pacific region as nuclear capabilities are applied for defence purposes
- Craft succinct and well-argued writing that synthesizes scientific evidence, regulatory theory, legal requirements and an understanding of organizational cultures and practice in relation nuclear materials.
Risk-based regulation developed in response to nuclear technology. Technologies with complex multigenerational effects, civilian and military applications, and human and non-human oversight need robust regulation and governance. Regulating Nuclear Capabilities applies interdisciplinary insights to questions of how to manage risk, build 'smart' regulation and earn social trust for a technology that is both contested and consequential for Australia and its region.
- In class participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Electronic submission of two questions for each session, submitted prior to class (10) [LO 4]
- Leading one in-class informal discussion or formal debate, including a 1000-word précis of relevant reading(s) (30) [LO 3,4]
- Research and writing outline for an essay or scholarly blog post - 1000 words (20) [LO 4]
- Essay or scholarly blog post - 3000 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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This course requires 30 contact hours and 130 hours workload in total
No prescribed texts
Clarke M and Frueling S, Australia's Nuclear Policy: Reconciling Strategic, Economic and Normative Interests (Routledge, 2019)
House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy (2019) Not Without Your Approval: a way forward for nuclear technology in Australia (Report of the inquiry into the prerequisites for nuclear energy in Australia)
OECD and Nuclear Energy Agency (2007) Nuclear Legislation in OECD and NEA Countries: Australia
Parliament of Victoria, Legislative Council (2020) Inquiry into Nuclear Prohibition
Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission Report (2016)
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3545||17 Apr 2023||29 Apr 2023||28 Apr 2023||16 Jun 2023||Online or In Person||N/A|