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 9: Recent trends in energy disputes

Kaj Hobér


Energy disputes vary in character, form and complexity. We find energy disputes along a very broad spectrum: from disputes dealing with defects of delivered equipment, the quality of supplied services, calculation of cost oil and profit oil under production sharing contracts, to expropriation of investments by oil companies, and to boundary and territorial disputes generated by deposits of natural resources, usually oil and gas. It is not meaningful, nor possible, to identify recent trends which are common to all the different kinds of disputes, if indeed, there are any such trends. Rather, this contribution focuses on recent trends primarily in one category of energy disputes, viz., gas price review arbitrations (Section 4). Before discussing this category of energy disputes, however, recent trends in two other areas will be looked at very briefly: investment disputes (Section 2) and boundary and territorial disputes (Section 3).

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