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Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law

Research Handbook on Disasters and International Law

Research Handbooks in International Law series

Edited by Susan C. Breau and Katja L.H. Samuel

International law’s role in governing disasters is undergoing a formative period in its development and reach, in parallel with concerted efforts by the international community to respond more effectively to the increasing number and intensity of disasters across the world. This Research Handbook examines a broad range of legal regimes directly and indirectly relevant to disaster prevention, mitigation and reconstruction across a spectrum of natural and manmade disasters, including armed conflict.

Chapter 13: Security implications of conflicts, crises and disasters in the international energy industry: legal and policy considerations

Tade Oyewunmi

Subjects: environment, disasters, environmental governance and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, environmental law, law and development, public international law, politics and public policy, environmental governance and regulation


The role of energy as well as the reliability and security of energy networks is increasingly becoming more critical to modern economic and social developments. The global reliance on energy and the interdependence of related infrastructure nationally, regionally and internationally, underscores the implications of conflict, crisis or disaster situations for reliable energy supplies. Generally, energy security comprises the economic and commercial guaranty of demand and supply of energy resources. Equally and increasingly essential is the safeguarding of infrastructure and facilities used for the production and supply of such resources from risks linked to unresolved conflicts, unmitigated crisis or disaster events. The aim of this chapter is to identify and discuss the relationship between conflicts, crises and disasters on the one hand and security of energy supplies globally on the other hand. It focuses on issues relating to the policy and regulatory aspects of safeguarding critical energy (especially oil and gas) infrastructure and supplies by identifying relevant developments in key regions and countries.

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