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Research Handbook on International Energy Law

Research Handbook on International Energy Law

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Kim Talus

International energy law is an elusive but important concept. There is no body of law called ‘international energy law’, nor is there any universally accepted definition for it, yet many specialised areas of international law have a direct relationship with energy policy. The Research Handbook on International Energy Law examines various aspects of international energy law and offers a comprehensive account of its basic concepts and processes.

Chapter 11: The WTO agreements and energy

Yulia Selivanova

Subjects: economics and finance, transport, environment, environmental law, transport, law - academic, energy law, environmental law, human rights, international economic law, trade law, public international law, politics and public policy, human rights, urban and regional studies, transport


The discussions about how World Trade Organization (WTO) rules regulate energy trade have become very frequent over the past few years due to two factors. Firstly, the implications of energy use on the environment and climate change have triggered discussions on a national level on possible policies that affect trade in certain types of energy and energy equipment as well as energy intensive products. Secondly, the accession of Saudi Arabia and Russia and negotiations on accession of such important energy producing states as Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Iran and Algeria raised the issue of how these countries' energy policies could be affected by the WTO rules. It could be argued that WTO members even go beyond current trade rules requesting acceding countries to undertake energy-related obligations. There have been however numerous misconceptions as to what extent existing multilateral trade rules cover energy trade.

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