Research workshops

Workshop setting


The 123 Agreement project included three research workshops, with one workshop running each year from 2009 to 2011.  Research papers that related to a variety of aspects of the 123 Agreement were presented at these workshops.




Research workshop one

The first research workshop took place at Foxhill House in the School of Law at the University of Reading on 14 September 2009 (followed by a closed meeting between staff of the partner institutions on 15 September).  The workshop featured presentations by experts from around the world.  Key themes for the workshop were the implications of the 123 Agreement in practice, the relationship between the 123 Agreement and other treaties (most notably the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and the perception of the 123 Agreement in India, the United States and the United Kingdom. There was a lively discussion of these themes, as well as a variety of other issues related to the 123 Agreement. The workshop was extremely successful, laying significant groundwork for future project research.



Schedule for research workshop one

Paper abstracts for research workshop one

Powerpoint for presentation by Prof. Chaim Braun


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 Project members from Chennai

Dr Robert Barnidge - University of Reading










"An interesting event, with some thought provoking presentations." Dr Anne Thies 



 Rabia AkhtarDerek Griffiths, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy 


"I think the organisation was outstanding. The format was very good, the panels were very well organised."





"It was a great experience to participate in the workshop and I think that the discussion was fruitful and contributed a lot to research in the field. I think that especially the young academics like me had a great benefit from participating."


"I definitely got very stimulating input for my research." 


Research workshop two

The second research workshop was also hosted at Foxhill House and took place on 16-17 September 2010 (followed by a closed meeting between staff of the partner institutions on the afternoon of the 17th).  Research workshop two built upon many of the main issues that were discussed at the first workshop, but also introduced other key themes such as the implications of the 123 Agreement for human rights law, international trade law and international environmental law.  A number of scholars who had presented at the first workshop returned to speak again, but many other experts from around the world also came to deliver papers.  The workshop also provided an opportunity for students from Reading and India to present their research.  It was an extremely successful event.



Schedule for research workshop two

Paper abstracts for research workshop two

Powerpoint for presentation by Dr. Uday Shankar


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"This conference has triggered my interest into the 123 Agreement, and I see a new scholarship interest emanating from this in no distant time. Overall, the papers and organisation is excellent."

Prof Braun

Prof Vanagamudi

"This was organised in a brilliant manner and the organisers were very accommodating, warm and helpful. I am extremely delighted to have been a part of this endeavour."












"The two day conference was very useful to understand the implications of 123 Agreement signed between India and the United States. It also provided an opportunity to discuss threadbare each provision of the 123 Agreement and also newly adopted Civil Nuclear Liability Damage Bill 2010. Let this exercise continue so that people will come to know more about the Agreement and motivate scholars and policymakers to work in this area."


Research workshop three

The third research workshop took place on 2-3 April 2011 in Delhi, India.  It was hosted by the Indian Society of International Law, in partnership with both project institutions.  Underpinning the papers delivered at research workshop three were key themes concerning the 123 Agreement and issues of security, disarmament, export control and the testing of nuclear weapons.  The event was once again extremely successful.  It included an inaugural address by Honourable Justice Mukundakam Sharma, Judge of the Indian Supreme Court, and a keynote address by Prof. (Dr.) Gudmundur Eiriksson, Ambassdor of Iceland to India and former Judge of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.



Schedule for research workshop three

Handout for presentation by Dr. James A. Green

Powerpoint for presentation by Mr. Hiroaki Nakanishi


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WS3Longshot"[The event] had a diverse array of academics (and hopeful ones) who covered the issue I think very comprehensively. The international focus (even beyond India) was also very valuable. The presentations were all thoughtful and on point, and dealt ably with different aspects of this complex set of issues."

Honourable Justice Mukundakam SharmaMomento



Prof Gudmundur Eiriksson


"I thought it was a fantastic series of discussions and I will look forward to continuing the dialogue."






"The interdisciplinary nature of the workshop...reinforced the subject matter and was a unique opportunity to exchange views with experts in other fields. I really appreciated the event and I'm grateful to the organizers."

123 WS 3 Panel 2



"The workshop...helped us to identify emerging complex matters of the use of nuclear energy at present and discuss feasible solutions together by utilizing frontier wisdom of international law."

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