Transnational Law Institute research group examines energy trade, climate governance
Posted on 30/06/2015
The Transnational Regulatory Governance research group turned its attention to energy and climate governance on Wednesday with a presentation by Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas, Reader in Law at Queen Mary University of London and author of Climate Change and International Trade.
The Transnational Law Institute’s Transnational Regulatory Governance group is a platform for researchers and practitioners to examine innovations in how we can address major cross-border challenges.
The research group meeting came in the context of a new report finding that renewable energy contributed approximately 59 percent of net additions to global power capacity last year, shifting clean energy market power to Asia and the final stretch to December’s Paris UN climate summit.
Dr Leal-Arcas began the meeting with an analysis of a set of related challenges – and potential responses: energy insecurity, the need to ramp up climate change mitigation and clean energy and the ‘patchwork of regimes’ that currently govern the trade in energy.
The meeting considered several current questions in energy trade and climate governance, including:
- The geopolitics of European energy dependency, the expansion of the Energy Charter process and the relationship between energy insecurity and migration.
- The potential for recently established international organizations such as IRENA to expand their contribution to the development of norms regarding clean energy and climate mitigation.
- The inclusion of clean energy and climate provisions in the growing body of bilateral and regional trade agreements as a contributor to decarbonization.
- The particular contribution of law, and lawyers, to a global clean energy transition, in the context of the plural legal regimes and cultures that have a bearing on the global energy mix.
The discussion was enlivened by diverse perspectives and proposals grounded in law, international political economy and strategic studies. The meeting was attended by participants from The Dickson Poon School of Law, the Department of Political Economy, the Department of War Studies and QMUL’s School of Law.
Stephen Minas is a Transnational Law Institute research fellow and convenes the Transnational Regulatory Governance research group.