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New publication: "Techno-nationalism in the Context of Energy Transition: Regulating Technology Innovation Transfer in Offshore Wind Technologies" (book chapter)

Just published! Book chapter on:
C. Banet,"Techno-nationalism in the Context of Energy Transition: Regulating Technology Innovation Transfer in Offshore Wind Technologies."


Summary:
In the context of economic recovery and energy transition, techno-nationalist measures within clean energy technologies have been flourishing for the past decade. These measures may find justification grounds in local development needs and environmental concerns, but, as this chapter demonstrates, the margin of appreciation left to WTO parties is very limited. Such measures will rarely pass the test of the different WTO Agreements to qualify for an exception. On the other hand, the pressing need to access clean energy technologies has resulted in several multilateral initiatives inspired by a more techno-globalist thinking under the WTO and UNFCCC regimes.


This Chapter reviews these initiatives and takes offshore wind technologies as case study, as it is one of the fastest growing clean energy …
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Evening seminar series: Key Tenets of Mineral Resource Regulation, 3-5 April, Faculty of Law, Oslo. Register now!

TheScandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, and theSouth African Research Chair on Mineral Law in Africa (MLiA), University of Cape Town, invite you to an evening seminar series on "The Key Tenets of Mineral Resource Regulation" on 3, 4 and 5 April 2018 (4-7 pm).
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
The transition to renewable energy around the globe, as well as technological advancements in energy storage batteries, the automobile and other industries, is escalating the demand for rare earth metals and minerals. As a result, the face of mining is changing, testing the boundaries of existing legislation. In the wake of this upcoming new gold rush, it is imperative that legal frameworks are in place to ensure that all stakeholders obtain maximum benefits and protection from these increased extractive activities, and that common interests and values are properly managed and preserved.

Blockchain and the energy sector: a legal perspective. Conference presentation.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of presenting my views on forthcoming legal challenges and opportunities for the energy sector when relying on blockchain technologies. The occasion was a training seminar organised by Energy Norway.
Among the questions I raised were: Do we need a new legal framework, an adapted financial framework or just amended definitions in energy legislation for enabling blockhain transactions in that sector? Which place for prosumers and energy communities which will trade without intermediaries? Will blockchain help maximising the green value of electricity? How will that impact grid investments, DSOs' role and suppliers' role? Which tasks will control organs supervise? Will - as often - the industry take the lead in harmonising practices before the legislator reacts? 
OR is this just hype?
More to come from me in a forthcoming publication on the topic.

Course offer: "The Law of Electricity Market Design", 19-20 February 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town, South Africa and the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Norway, are pleased to present a two-day training course. Electricity market design underpins the functioning of power systems. With changing generation and consumption patterns, there is an urgent need to re-think electricity market design and implement reforms. The objective of this course is to explore the fundamentals of electricity market design, the challenges faced by the current power systems and the legal mechanisms available to re-design the electricity market. Acknowledging that there is not one-size-fits-it-all approach to electricity market design and that the reasons for changes may differ between coun­tries, the course will start with the theoretical fundamentals, and then ex­plore the available mechanisms for re-designing electricity markets at the physical and financial levels. References will be made to national legal frameworks (South Africa, Norway, Namibia) as well as regional coop…

Presented views on EU law challenges for the renewal of the hydropower concessions in France (29th European Energy Law Seminar, The Hague)

On 22-23 January we co-organised the 29th European Energy Law Seminar (EELS) in The Hague (NL).
I had the pleasure of presenting my views on "The French regime for hydropower concessions under EU scrutiny. Opening up to competition … or not." as part of the comparative session reviewing regimes in Norway, Italy, Portugal and France.
The proceedings from the conference will be published in the XIIIth edition of the European Energy Law Report at Intersentia. The XIth edition is currently available for purchase: http://intersentia.com/en/shop/academisch/european-energy-law-report-xi.html
More about the EELS
http://www.jus.uio.no/nifs/english/research/events/2018/01-22-eels-den-haague.html http://www.never.nl/site/index.php/eels The seminar is a collaboration between the Dutch Energy Law Association, the Center of Energy Law of the University of Groningen and the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law of the University of Oslo.

Judgment day in Norwegian climate case: The State won, the decision to award oil & gas production licenses was valid and environmental organisations must pay legal costs (4 January 2018)

The Oslo District Court has today, 4 January 2018, delivered its judgment in the case concerning the validity of decision awarding oil and gas production licenses in the Arctic waters of Norway, in the Barents Sea. What is the case about The case is about the validity of the decision taken by the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and validated by the King in Council on 10 June 2016, to award petroleum production licenses as part of the 23rd licensing round in an area close to the ice edge in the South East of the Barents Sea. This happened after that the ice edge line was moved further North and the opening of new areas int eh Barent Sea in 2013 in that region. The plantiffs are two environmental organisations, GreenPeace Norway and Natur and Ungdom, who submitted that the decission was illegal on two grounds: the new provision of §112 of the Norwegian Constitution (environment provision) was breached; the decision was unfounded and breached administrative law procedural requirements by…

29th European Energy Law Seminar is now open for registration: 22-23 January 2018, The Hague, NL

The 29th European Energy Law Seminar (EELS) will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 22-23 January 2018.
The Seminar is a unique opportunity to review the latest EU energy law developments and discuss in detail legal developments, case law and practice in the field with colleagues from all over Europe. So, hold the date and see you in The Hague!
On the programme: status of the Clean Energy legislative package, update on Brexit, REMIT implementation, review of EU case law, digitalisation from blockchain to data management and cyber security, energy aggregators, decommissioning and re-use of offshore installations, power-to-gas, energy storage, hydropower concessions, new gas market design.
Full programme: http://www.never.nl/site/attachments/article/201/EELS%202018%20Programme%20.pdf
Registration details: http://www.never.nl/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=60&filter_tag[0]=&Itemid=429
The seminar is co-organised by the the Dutch …