Ms Nivedita S
Ms Nivedita S is a Research Associate with the Centre for International Law(CIL), National University of Singapore (NUS). She was part of a three-and-a-half year multidisciplinary research project funded by Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) which successfully completed in 2019. The project focused on research, capacity and network building and forging collaborations in the areas of nuclear safety, security and civil liability for nuclear damage in the context of nuclear power development. Her research focus has been at two levels: at the international level on the civil liability for nuclear damage as well as safety and security issues including the legal and institutional issues around the use of transportable nuclear power plants; and at the regional level on ASEAN instruments and institutions relevant to regional nuclear governance including the use of environmental assessments to enhance transboundary consultation in the nuclear context.
Prior to joining CIL, she trained at the Office of Legal Affairs of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Austria where she worked with the General Legal Section and the Nuclear and Treaty Law Section. She assisted in providing legal analysis and interpretation of international legal instruments and texts in the areas of nuclear safety, security, safeguards and liability for nuclear damage, as well as research into international and treaty law issues. She was also involved in a broad range of matters, including the provision of legal advice, preparation of initial drafts regarding the law of international organisations, international administrative law, public international law, UN organisations’ mandates and other related issues. Previously, she worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes in the Terrorism Prevention Branch working on the Universal Framework on Terrorism which comprises treaties and Security Council Resolutions. She also worked on Chemical, Biological, Radioactive and Nuclear Terrorism issues, conducted legislative gap analysis and drafted a report on the different systems of indemnification existing for victims of terrorism. In the past, she has also worked with NGOs and other organisations on human rights, international criminal law and gender issues.
She holds an Advanced Masters of Law in Public International Law from Leiden University, The Netherlands and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Birmingham. She also holds a University Diploma (Diplôme d’Université – D.U.) in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier. She is called to the Bar of England and Wales. She is a member of the International Nuclear Law Association and the Asian Society of International Law. She is a Friend of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and actively judges moots and advocates for various causes in her free time.
Her research interests include nuclear law and policy, public international law, international human rights and humanitarian law, international criminal law, international environmental law, international dispute resolution, international organisations and gender issues.