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Cambridge Centre for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance

Founding Director of C-EENRG, Professor Jorge Viñuales, just published a new monograph 'The International Law of Energy' with Cambridge University Press.

The world's energy structure underpins the global environmental crisis and changing it will require regulatory change at a massive level. Energy is highly regulated in international law, but the field has never been comprehensively mapped. The legal sources on which the governance of energy is based are plentiful but they are scattered across a vast legal expanse. This book is the first single-authored study of the international law of energy as a whole. Written by a world-leading expert, it provides a comprehensive account of the international law of energy and analyses the implications of the ongoing energy transformation for international law. The study combines conceptual and doctrinal analysis of all the main rules, processes and institutions to consider the past, present and likely future of global energy governance. Providing a solid foundation for teaching, research and practice, this book addresses both the theory and real-world policy dimension of the international law of energy.

On the occasion of book release, Professor Viñuales reflected on the process of creating this book:

"Fifteen years in the making. I've been thinking about writing this book since I was a graduate student. Later on, when I set out to do it (while working full time in private practice), I quite underestimated the task, thinking I would manage in a few years, particularly after I moved into academia. At some point, I considered dropping it. The problem is that, in earnest, the international law of energy is not yet another specialised branch but the entirety of international law read from the perspective of energy. And this in a dynamic, rather than static, way is required by the ongoing energy transformation and its crises. I eventually finished the manuscript in 2021, and now the book is out. It is a basis to frame the field at a time energy governance is absolutely critical."

Citation: Viñuales, J. E. (2022). The International Law of Energy. Cambridge University Press, 579 p.

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