Certain Normative Aspects of the Institutional Architecture of Global Energy Governance

Boulle, L., Laryea, E. and Sucker, F. (eds.) International Economic Law and African Development, Siber Ink, 2014, pp. 27-60

19 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2014

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Andrew Filis

previously associated to QMUL

Date Written: November 17, 2014

Abstract

The objective of this chapter is to promote global energy security by evaluating the existing patchwork of institutions and processes linked to the governance of the global energy economy. What we mean by global energy security is the satisfaction of humankind’s energy needs to maintain lifestyle levels in the developed world and to promote development and improve the quality of life across the world, including least-developed and developing countries. The chapter focuses on the global energy economy, its fragmented governance and its implications for global energy security. Inter-State governance over the global energy economy is neither global nor cohesive. Rather, the various aspects pertinent to it – amongst others, economic development, climate change, trade, investment protection, finance and human security – are managed in a disparate and disjointed manner. What is more, the absence of a global energy security regime to address global – i.e., humankind’s collective – energy needs justifies the need to investigate the implications of the current state of play for global energy security. To do so, we will examine all relevant institutions and processes linked to the global energy economy in order to assess their individual and combined implications for global energy security. This chapter therefore aims to promote an understanding of, and an attitude towards, the global energy economy that acknowledges that it is a composite affair with a high degree of interplay between its constituent parts, and that there are systemic reasons why the current state of play fails to address global energy security needs.

Keywords: global energy governance, international cooperation in energy, energy supply and consumption, trade in energy, energy investment, energy security

JEL Classification: K32, K33, Q41, Q43, Q48

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Filis, Andrew, Certain Normative Aspects of the Institutional Architecture of Global Energy Governance (November 17, 2014). Boulle, L., Laryea, E. and Sucker, F. (eds.) International Economic Law and African Development, Siber Ink, 2014, pp. 27-60 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2526096

Rafael Leal-Arcas (Contact Author)

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law ( email )

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Andrew Filis

previously associated to QMUL ( email )

London, London
United Kingdom

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