Research Handbook on International Energy Law
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Research Handbook on International Energy Law

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.
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Chapter 3: The interface between national and international energy law

Stephan W. Schill


Energy law, following the widely quoted definition by Adrian Bradbrook, concerns 'the allocation of rights and duties concerning the exploitation of all energy resources between individuals, between individuals and the government, between governments and between states.' It covers all sources of energy, including oil, gas, coal, nuclear power, hydro power, and renewable energy resources; all phases of energy production, transport, and distribution, both through networks and other means of transportation, such as the shipping of oil; and all possible legal relationships, that is, between energy companies and governments, among energy companies, between energy companies and consumers, and between states. Energy law is therefore not only a field that cuts across different legal fields, including private and public law. It is also a transnational legal field, in which both national and international law play an important role in governing the increasing amount of trans-border relations.

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