CYIL vol. 11 (2020)

MARIANNA NOVOTNÁ CYIL 11 (2020) when analyzing nuclear law from the viewpoint of legal futurism (pp. 121 et seqq. ): Firstly, an incident in nuclear installation represents a particular limit to any prognosis of future development. Such incident, if having a serious transboundary impact, may accelerate totally different developments in the future. Secondly, the principle of sustainable development represents one of the key principles in this area. This means, that currently existing nuclear law must provide for appropriate measures, which minimize the burden for the next generations. Thirdly, in contrast to the survey of future developments in the area of civil law, commercial law, constitutional law etc., the technological prognosis of the nuclear industry allows modeling of the future developments of nuclear law in much longer time periods. The third chapter addressed selected technological areas, where future developments have been already identified and their current legal framework. Here, attention is paid to the law governing underground repositories of nuclear waste (pp. 128 et seqq. ), re-processing (pp. 146 et seqq. ), small modular reactors (pp. 154 et seqq. ), transportable nuclear installations (pp. 156 et seqq. ), and nuclear fusion (pp. 159 et seqq. ). Finally, the fourth chapter deals with future nuclear law about the discussed technologies. Here, the author argues, that while there is a clear tendency to regionalism (establishment of regional rules under the umbrella of regional communities, or via bilateral agreements), the adoption of new multilateral agreements in this field are not likely (pp. 165 et seqq. ). Thus, the chapter also addresses the content of prospective regional, or bilateral agreements, governing future international (share) repositories (pp. 186 et seqq. ) and re-processing facilities (pp. 197 et seqq. ). Lastly, the author highlights the challenges, arising from these prospective developments for municipal law (pp. 202 et seqq. ). Jakub Handrlica wrote an interesting book, which represents a valuable contribution to the scholarship on nuclear law. His monograph demonstrates a deep knowledge of existing foreign literature. At the same time, his book can be considered a useful reference book on futuristic approaches to law, governing the field of specific technologies. His approach can surely serve as an inspiration for further domestic studies in legal futurism.

Marianna Novotná *

* Doc. JUDr. Marianna Novotná, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Commercial Law, Law Faculty, University of Trnava, Slovak Republik.


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