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Call for Papers and Posters - Energy ReForum 2016 on Transitions in Energy Markets

Call for Papers and Posters 

Energy ReForum 2016

Transitions in Energy Markets 

2-3 June 2016, Vilnius

The reforms of the European energy markets spurred by the Third Energy Package and the European plan on climate change are now followed by further regulatory actions which will re-shape EU energy markets. Looking at these reforms, it already may be told that electricity market’s coupling is changing the principles of electricity trade in wholesale day-ahead and intra-day markets, and that gas and electricity network codes will affect the operation of energy markets and energy systems. Transitions in energy markets are further driven by additional factors, including technological advancements, decarbonisation objectives recently set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement, as well as an intensifying global competition.

The objective of the Forum is to contribute to the development of European energy policies on electricity, gas and oil markets by examining the legal implications of changing energy markets for intra-EU and external energy trade. In this context the Forum will provide a platform to discuss the most recent developments in EU and international energy law and  policy. It will focus on four thematic areas: (i) the design of a regulatory environment for the implementation of infrastructure projects, (ii) the development of cross-border energy markets (liquefied natural gas, electricity, oil, shale gas, biofuels), (iii) energy cooperation with third countries, (iv) policy solutions for energy markets decarbonisation. The questions will be addressed in the context of EU’s energy law and policy, international trade rules (World Trade Organization rules, Energy Charter Treaty framework), and mega-regional trade deals.

The Forum will be held at the ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 2 and 3 June 2016. Energy reForum 2016 is co-organized by the World Trade Institute and Swiss National Center of Competence in Research, Trade Regulation (NCCR), with the young researchers events organized in collaboration with the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance (C-EENRG). It will gather international and regional energy experts from international organizations, academic institutions, public and private sectors. More information on the Forum can be found online at:

Call for papers and posters

The Forum will consist of invited panelists with experience in the realm of policy-making, the private sector and academia. In addition, we would like to involve early-career researchers by giving them the opportunity to present their research in front of an expert audience. We are particularly interested in proposals investigating the following questions:

- To what extent is state intervention necessary to contribute to the further development of energy markets? What further regulatory changes are required at the EU and WTO in order to boost competition in energy markets?

- Is the transition towards climate neutral energy markets sufficiently encouraged under existing frameworks?

- What is the role of the private sector in the context of national / EU energy policy objectives? 

- Are infrastructure development projects sufficiently supported to achieve a variety of policy objectives (including security of supply, market integration and climate change mitigation)?

To this end, we invite the submission of:

i) Poster proposals: posters may describe work in progress or recently completed 
work, and will offer a chance to get feedback on innovative ideas and to make 
connections with people with similar interests. The posters will be shown in a 
central location at the conference venue and there will be an opportunity to present the posters during coffee and lunch breaks.

ii) Proposals for papers: a limited number of papers will be chosen to be presented during a special panel dedicated to young researchers. The session will give them the opportunity to present on work that has not yet been published and to engage in a stimulating discussion with the public.

Abstracts should be submitted to Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic Paoli by e-mail no later than Thursday, 7 April 2016. Interested researchers are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 350 words, alongside a 150 word biography. Please specify whether you prefer being considered for the poster session, the panel presentation, or both.

We anticipate that the best papers (resulting both from the work presented at the poster session and at the special panel) will be published as part of a working papers series, jointly edited by the World Trade Institute and the Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance.

Successful applicants will be asked to cover their own travel and accommodation costs, but there is no a registration fee and the Forum will organize lunch breaks free of charge.