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Spring 2018 Course Schedule

International Energy Law (LAW-795IE-001)
Chiara Pappalardo

Meets: 06:00 PM - 08:50 PM (We) - Room Y404

Enrolled: 16 / Limit: 22

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Assessment: Take-home exam, essay questions; Take-home exam, multiple choice questions; In-class Project(s); Class Participation; Oral Presentations


This course aims to provide you with an understanding of how public and private international law consider the various actors, socio-economic interests and environmental concerns associated with the exploration and exploitation of energy sources and create targeted legal tools to promote and regulate energy production and consumption. Particular emphasis is placed on the progressive harmonization of rules governing energy activities. This includes: the existence of specialized legal regimes governing each source of energy; the complementary roles of domestic and international laws and institutions in advancing energy trade, investment and markets integration goals; and the emergence of a global sustainable energy agenda with its complexities, conflicting interests and fragmentation.

Another important goal of the course is to help you appreciate how designing energy laws and policies is increasingly becoming a balancing exercise between competing economic, security and environmental demands (i.e., the “energy trilemma”). We will analyze together what factors play a dominant role in countries’ decisions when confronted with the energy trilemma and reflect on the various outcomes across both national and international dimensions.

Textbooks and Other Materials

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No textbook is required for this course but all materials will be uploaded online on MYWCL.

First Class Readings

Ian Brownlie, Legal Status of Natural Resources in International Law (Some Aspects) in Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law, Vol. 162 at 245 (Nijhoff, Leiden 1979) – read only pp. 255-271

Kim Talus, Internationalization of energy law in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL ENERGY LAW 3 (Kim Talus ed., 2014)

Stephan W. Schill, The Interface Between National and International Energy Law in RESEARCH HANDBOOK ON INTERNATIONAL ENERGY LAW 44 (Kim Talus ed., 2014) – read only pp. 57-76


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