GNE Advisory is a boutique law practice dedicated to the nuclear energy sector. Helen Cook, Principal of GNE Advisory, has expertise advising on both the structuring and establishment of the legal and regulatory infrastructure for civilian nuclear power programmes, as well as the strategic development and negotiation of commercial arrangements for new nuclear power plants, including procurement, construction and financing.
“The second edition of The Law of Nuclear Energy represents an outstanding example of both legal research and practice. The author demonstrates a deep knowledge of the legal base and key experiences that apply to counselling in the nuclear sector. Her second edition is certainly interesting for both practitioners looking for comprehensive overview on existing legal framework in this particular field of industry as well as policymakers (from both traditional nuclear states and from nuclear ‘newcomers’) who deal with strategic issues of energy policy and security. The book will also serve as a valuable source of information for international lawyers inquiring into this particular field of law and academicians commenting upon this peculiar area of law.”
“Helen’s book is more than just a textbook. It is well written and comprehensive in coverage and should be read carefully from the outset of policy-making so that governmental context can be as considered as possible. For the developers and financiers, the book provides an important tutorial which should be part of the preparation for early thinking about potential projects. The book is based on wide practical experience of advising on large successful projects around the world, including her ground-breaking experience in her work on the first projects in previously non-nuclear countries where the entire nuclear process has been started from scratch. The book overall is the result of painstaking work and is clearly written and easily assimilable—the author’s passion for her subject shines throughout.”
Helen is recognised as a nuclear law expert by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the former Chair of the World Nuclear Association’s Law Working Group and the author of the comprehensive legal text book, The Law of Nuclear Energy published by Sweet & Maxwell, (Second Edition, March 2018).
Helen Cook presented at the Fifth Arab Nuclear Energy Forum on the Prospects of Electricity Generation and Seawater Desalination in Cairo, Egypt on the subject “Developing an Effective Legal and Regulatory Framework for Nuclear Energy
Helen Cook presented at the Centre for International Law at the National University of Singapore on the subject of “Nuclear Energy for Australia?”
Helen Cook presented at the Africa Nuclear Business Platform in Kenya, Nairobi on the subject of “Steps for implementing an effective legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear power in emerging countries”.
March 1, 2019
Helen Cook gave a lecture in Sydney, Australia on the topic “Legal considerations pertaining to nuclear energy as an option for Australia” at the annual meeting of the Australian Institute of Energy, the Australian Nuclear Association, the Nuclear Engineering Panel of the Sydney Branch of Engineers Australia and the Royal Society of New South Wales. Helen gave an overview international approaches to the development of nuclear power programmes in emerging nuclear countries and discussed legal considerations for Australia should Australia wish to develop a domestic nuclear power programme.