What a Demilitarized Zone Means for Liability and Responsibility for Transboundary Harm Emanating from Zaporizhzhia: Some Preliminary Thoughts

Author: Batuhan Betin
Published: 19.10.2022
‘We cannot continue this situation where we are one step away from a nuclear accident. The safety of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant is hanging by a thread.’ This was the alarming observation made by Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”), at a Board of Governors meeting taking place on 12 September 2022. These comments came at the aftermath of findings published by the IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia NPP (“ISAMZ”) that a shelling operation from 5 – 6 August 2022, had ‘compromised all of the [IAEA’s indispensable] Seven Pillars [of nuclear…