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Type: Journal article
Title: A treatise for energy law
Author: Bradbrook, A.
Heffron, R.
Ronne, A.
Tomain, J.
Talus, K.
Citation: Journal of World Energy Law and Business, 2018; 11(1):34-48
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1754-9957
Statement of
Raphael J Heffron, Anita Rønne, Joseph P Tomain, Adrian Bradbrook, Kim Talus
Abstract: It is now over 20 years since the seminal paper on energy law as a discipline was published. The aim of this article is to review what currently constitutes energy law after this 20-year hiatus. There are two main ambitions of this article, which we hope will have a similar impact on the field. The first is to develop for scholars and practitioners a view of what constitutes energy law—and to make this accessible to both law and non-law energy scholars. The second is to advance a set of core principles that guide energy law, in essence a treatise for energy law. We advocate for a paradigm shift in our current understanding of what constitutes energy law. We advance that it should revolve around this set of guiding principles; however, we acknowledge that to some degree it is perhaps not a paradigm shift due to the current absence of any core principles of energy law. Nevertheless we argue that in our advancing of a guiding set of principles we set out a new path for the study of energy law and thus we aim to change what constitutes energy law and challenge the assumptions of existing researchers as globally society moves towards a transition to low-carbon economies.
Keywords: Energy Law
Rights: © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the AIPN. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
RMID: 0030084341
DOI: 10.1093/jwelb/jwx039
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