Spring 2019 Course Schedule

International Energy Law (CANCELLED) (LAW-854-001)
Chiara Pappalardo


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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.

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