Introduction: Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives

Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2016

20 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2016

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Rafael Leal-Arcas

Queen Mary University of London - School of Law

Juan Alemany Rios

Queen Mary, University of London

Costantino Grasso

Coventry University

Date Written: September 12, 2016

Abstract

Energy security is a burning issue in a world where 1.4 billion people still have no access to electricity. This pioneering book is about finding solutions for energy security through the international trading system.

Focusing mainly on the European Union (EU) as a case study, this holistic and comprehensive analysis of the existing legal and geopolitical instruments strives to identify the shortcomings of the international and EU energy trade governance systems, concluding with the notion of a European Energy Union and what the EU is politically prepared to accept as part of its unified energy security.

This snapshot of multilateral, regional and bilateral energy trade governance deals with energy transit from the perspective of the Energy Charter Treaty as a means to enhance EU energy security, and examines the system of law and governance of international trade in unconventional fossil fuels. The authors analyze concerns that arise from preferential trade agreements and renewable energy from the EU’s perspective, and explain how the EU can diversify its energy supply to improve its energy security.

Keywords: energy security, international trade, European Union, energy trade governance, energy transit, unconventional fossil fuel sources, renewables, preferential trade agreements, European Energy Union

JEL Classification: N70, N75, N74, P28, P48, Q40, Q41, Q42, Q43, Q47, Q48, F10, F13, F14, F15, F18, Q27, Q28, Q37, Q56

Suggested Citation

Leal-Arcas, Rafael and Alemany Rios, Juan and Grasso, Costantino, Introduction: Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives (September 12, 2016). Energy Security, Trade and the EU: Regional and International Perspectives, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2838428

Rafael Leal-Arcas (Contact Author)

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Juan Alemany Rios

Queen Mary, University of London ( email )

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Costantino Grasso

Coventry University ( email )

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