International Energy Law: An Emerging Academic Discipline

24 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2014 Last revised: 27 Jun 2014

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Alexandra Wawryk

University of Adelaide - School of Law

Date Written: June 2, 2014


The increasing recognition of the ‘international law dimension’ of energy law among legal scholars, legal practitioners and those working in any role with energy markets, has led to the growing recognition and development of ‘international energy law’ as a separate academic discipline. Although certain ‘sub-disciplines’ of laws within ‘international energy law’, such as oil and gas law, are well developed fields of practice, research and study in their own right, the study and teaching of international energy law in its own right is still very new. This chapter builds on Professor Adrian Bradbrook’s groundbreaking work in Energy Law to provide an overview of International Energy Law as a coherent academic legal discipline. This is done by describing certain key themes that underlie the whole of international energy law; identifying various subsets or ‘sub-disciplines’ of international energy law according to different types of energy resource; briefly discussing the energy law of the European Union, which is universally acknowledged to be a crucial part of international energy law, as well as a separate legal speciality; and by discussing some crosscutting issues that are relevant across the globe, such as energy and the environment, energy and trade, and dispute resolution.

Keywords: energy Law, renewable energy, energy conservation, International energy Law

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Wawryk, Alex, International Energy Law: An Emerging Academic Discipline (June 2, 2014). U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2014-16, Available at SSRN: or

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The University of Adelaide
Adelaid, South Australia SA 5005

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