Introduction: Themes in Energy Law

29 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2014 Last revised: 10 Jan 2016

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Joel B. Eisen

University of Richmond - School of Law

Emily Hammond

George Washington University - Law School

Jim Rossi

Vanderbilt University - Law School

David B. Spence

University of Texas at Austin - School of Law; University of Texas at Austin – McCombs School of Business – Department of Business, Government & Society; University of Texas at Austin - Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business

Jacqueline Lang Weaver

University of Houston Law Center

Hannah Jacobs Wiseman

Penn State Law – University Park

Date Written: July 9, 2014

Abstract

Energy law is dynamic. The governance, environmental, and national security implications of the field are both far-reaching and part of what makes it an appealing and provocative field. Yet its ever-evolving range of issues can seem overwhelming and, at times, incohesive. In this first chapter of the 4th edition of Energy, Economics & the Environment, we offer a renewed focus on the unifying characteristics of energy law. Chapter 1 provides a framework for organizing and understanding energy law by introducing four recurring and cross-cutting themes: 1) ownership; 2) monopoly vs. competition; 3) externalities and risk concepts; and 4) public governance. These four themes have defined energy law since the area developed in the early twentieth century, and we believe that there is a durability to these themes. They will inform the future of energy law, even as the particular energy resources and issues that hold the attention of lawyers inevitably change. With Chapter 1’s theme-based framework in place, we provide a way to organize and understand the many topics presented in the remainder of the book.

Keywords: energy, environmental, textbook, casebook, governance, ownership, externalities, monopoly, risk

Suggested Citation

Eisen, Joel B. and Hammond, Emily and Rossi, Jim and Spence, David B. and Weaver, Jacqueline Lang and Wiseman, Hannah Jacobs, Introduction: Themes in Energy Law (July 9, 2014). Energy, Economics & the Environment, 4th Edition, Foundation Press, Forthcoming, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2014-38, GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-38, FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 694, U of Houston Law Center No. 2014-A-73, U of Texas Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 618, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2464385

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