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International Energy Governance

Selected Legal Issues Rafael Leal-Arcas, Jean Monnet Chaired Professor of EU International Economic Law, Professor of European and International Economic Law and Director of Research, Queen Mary University of London, UK, Andrew Filis, Freelance Academic Researcher and Ehab S. Abu Gosh, Research Associate, Queen Mary University of London, UK
The legal aspects at the junction of interstate energy cooperation have become increasingly important in a world that is hungry for energy security. This book focuses on selected legal issues relating to international energy governance. International law as it stands today is not well equipped to handle international energy governance issues fully. This legal deficiency affects energy security negatively. If the currently fragmented and multi-layered international energy governance regime were streamlined for greater legal cohesiveness and international political and economic cooperation, it would promote energy security. Some chapters of the book take a broader view on interstate energy cooperation, such as energy transit, energy market liberalization and energy investment. Others focus on specific areas of such cooperation, such as trade and energy; trade, environment and energy; and energy exploration and maritime delimitation disputes. The book also presents an analysis of European Union energy governance and renewable energy.
Extent: 576 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78471 149 8
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  • Energy Law
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In a world that is hungry for energy security, the legal components at the junction of interstate energy cooperation have become increasingly important. International law as it stands today is not equipped to handle international energy governance issues fully, negatively affecting our aim to meet energy security.

Selected legal deficiencies relating to international energy governance are identified in this salient book. The currently fragmented and multi-layered international energy governance regime is exposed and reviewed. If governance were streamlined for legal cohesiveness and international political and economic cooperation, it would promote energy security. The book offers a broad perspective on interstate energy cooperation in areas such as energy transit, energy market liberalization and energy investment. A more specific approach is presented in areas of cooperation such as trade and energy; trade, environment and energy; and energy exploration and maritime delimitation disputes. Finally, International Energy Governance considers energy as a special sector within the World Trade Organization and presents an analysis of European Union energy governance and renewable energy systems.

This book would primarily be of interest to students, scholars, lawyers, policymakers, and think tanks dealing with the legal aspects of energy, as well as those communities relating to other energy-related disciplines.
‘International Energy Governance: Selected Legal Issues covers some of the most interesting and pressing areas of international energy law and policy. Eastern-Mediterranean, WTO and energy, external EU energy policy and the promotion of renewable energy and its various effects on market institutions are just examples of legal issues selected for this book. The authors provide a comprehensive account of these areas under a common theme of energy, trade and environment. This is recommended reading for international lawyers dealing with these topics.’
– Kim Talus, University of Eastern Finland, Finland

‘International Energy Governance: Selected Legal Issues, which is co-authored by Rafael Leal-Areas,
Andrew Felis and Ehab S. Abu Gosh, is a timely and most relevant work concerning an area of law which is undertheorised, in spite of energy being fundamental to every aspect of human life. This book, therefore, brings us one step closer to understanding the legal framework of energy governance, and
offers solutions to pervasive problems in the interna­ tional legal order that threaten energy security. . . This book is an essential reference to academics, students, and practitioners, and is highly recommended for those who seek an in depth knowledge of the legal, social, economic and political environment of energy governance.’
– Dr Youseph Farah

‘For students of energy law as well as scholars, this book introduces and develops on a number of intriguing issues in the energy law arena and can be recommended to those studying this emerging subject.’
– International Energy Law

Contents: Introduction Part I. Interstate Energy Governance: Selected Legal Issues from Trade, Environment and Law of the Sea 1. A fragmented Global Energy Governance 2. Energy as a Special Sector in the World Trade Organization 3. Trade, Environment and Energy: Implications for the Conservation of Oil Resources 4. Energy and Law of the Sea: Eastern Mediterranean Basin Scenarios Part II. EU Energy Governance: Selected Legal Aspects 5. EU Energy Security 6. The EU and its Systemic Relationship to the Energy Community and the Energy Charter Treaty Part III. Renewable Energy in the WTO and EU: Selected Legal Aspects 7. Renewable Energy in the World Trade Organization 8. Renewable Energy in the European Union Part IV. Looking Forward: Bridging the Policy Objectives of Energy, Trade and Environment 9. Sustainable Development and Mega-regionals: The TTIP and TPP Index