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Transnational Regulatory Governance seminar examines the interface of renewable energy laws & energy security

With over 100 countries with national renewable energy laws on the books, renewable energy is rising up the agenda of an increasing number of states. At the same time, energy security is a pressing concern for many countries in diverse circumstances. The 8 March Transnational Regulatory Governance seminar featured important new research by Dr Penelope Crossley on the role that energy security concerns play in national renewable energy laws.

Dr Crossley is Lecturer in Energy and Resources Law at Sydney Law School, The University of Sydney. She specialises in the complex legal issues associated with the energy and resources sectors. Dr Crossley is the Senior Industry Advisor to the Australian Energy Storage Alliance on regulatory and policy issues and a member of the interdisciplinary Energy Storage Research Network (EStoReN) at the University of Sydney. The Transnational Law Institute’s Transnational Regulatory Governance Research Group (TLI-TRG) was formed at the beginning of 2015 to examine innovative legal interventions in cross-border challenges, with a series of meetings thus far addressing energy and climate change.

Dr Crossley discussed the results of her study of the national renewable energy laws of 97 countries, offering insights into how countries use these laws to promote energy security. Data on countries prioritizing energy security above other objectives in their renewables laws, such as dealing with climate change, illustrated the multiple – sometimes competing – motives for nations to legislate for renewable energy, as well as the importance of overall national policy objectives.

Following the presentation, Stuart Bruce, a London-based international lawyer and researcher with the University of Cambridge, discussed with Dr Crossley her research findings and the relationships between domestic renewables laws and international law, international organizations and soft law. Dr Slawomir Raszewski, Research Associate with the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security at the King’s Department of War Studies, concluded the seminar with some observations on the geopolitics of energy security and changing policies and perceptions concerning renewables.

TLI-TRG convenor Stephen Minas welcomed Dr Crossley’s research. 'Empirical work of this kind sheds new light on the complex regulatory landscapes concerning renewable energy and the multiple policy imperatives that renewables laws address'.

The seminar was attended by King’s faculty and students alongside participants from other universities and the private sector.

More information on the Transnational Law Institute’s Transnational Regulatory Governance Research Group (TLI-TRG)