Nuclear Law, Oversight and Regulation: Seeking Public Dialogue and Democratic Transparency in Canada

In this chapter, which appears in Nuclear Non-Proliferation in International Law – Volume IV (2018), CELA’s lawyers Kerrie Blaise, Theresa McClenaghan and Richard Lindgren, review the jurisdiction of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), the regulatory body which oversees Canada’s nuclear industry. We discuss that in order to strengthen the independence of the CNSC, opportunities for meaningful public participation should be developed, Indigenous engagement in CNSC decision-making processes be affirmed, and the federal government’s role and responsibilities for nuclear emergency management clarified.