The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Energy and Divestment

Van de Graaf, T. et al., Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy, Palgrave, 2016

Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213/2016

21 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2016 Last revised: 8 Sep 2016

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London, School of Law

Costantino Grasso

Coventry University

Date Written: January 5, 2016

Abstract

This chapter assesses the role that energy plays in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations and the growing importance that energy security is acquiring in the US-European Union political agenda. It analyzes the potential effects that the liberalization of trade in energy and raw materials is supposed to exert in both economies and the way in which the so-called US "shale gas revolution" will drive major changes in the commercialization of energy products. The chapter then illustrates the main problematic aspects currently under discussion regarding the application of the TTIP to the energy sector. Lastly, it discusses how divestment campaigns might constitute a valid instrument of socio-political pressure to induce energy companies and governments to adopt more ethical and environmentally-friendly policies.

Keywords: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; energy; raw materials; natural resources; divestment; shale gas

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Grasso, Costantino, The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Energy and Divestment (January 5, 2016). Van de Graaf, T. et al., Handbook of the International Political Economy of Energy, Palgrave, 2016 ; Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 213/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711269

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Costantino Grasso

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