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Pioneering work by Professor Rafael Leal-Arcas on the governance of renewable energy is cited in the news


Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor of European and International Economic Law at QMUL's Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), is cited in the news for his pioneering study on the governance of renewable energy (article in Italian).

The aim of the study is to map out the governance of renewable energy and argues that effective renewable energy governance at the international and European level has become a major challenge of public international law and European Union (EU) law. The article first analyzes renewable energy governance in the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It then examines the various international energy bodies that deal with the governance of renewables and deals with renewables in specific sectors of international/supranational law and policy, namely the sustainable development goals and multilateral development banks in the context of economic development, the G7 and the G20, international trade and, lastly, the European Union’s renewables legislation and policies, as examples of the most committed region in the world to renewable energy. This article concludes with a number of questions for further legal research resulting from the broad array of activity concerning renewables in EU law, international law, and international organizations.

The study is forthcoming in the Oxford Yearbook of European Law, in the 2016 special issue Beyond Pluralism? Co-Implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law. Click here to access the study.



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