Book Review: Global Energy Justice

Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Vol. 9, No. 2, September 2018, pp. 222-225.

4 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2018

Date Written: September 2, 2018


Global Energy Justice: Law and Policy, is a comprehensive yet succinct introduction to the ways that law and policy can address the interlocking problems of energy access and poverty. Written by Lakshman Guruswamy, the book examines the plight of the nearly 3 billion people who lack access to modern energy for cooking, heating, lighting, sanitation, transportation and basic mechanical power. The book’s greatest strength is its model laws for decentralized renewable energy that can supply affordable energy to the energy poor without tying them to existing fossil fuel-based energy grids. The book’s greatest weakness is its failure to address human rights-based approaches to global energy justice in order to create legal rather than simply moral obligations to address energy poverty. The volume will be of interest to scholars, teachers, students, and policy-makers who want to understand the roots of energy poverty, the jurisprudential frameworks applicable to this challenge, and the practical legal tools that might be adopted to promote a more just and sustainable approach to energy production and consumption.

Keywords: energy poverty, energy justice, human rights, sustainable development, renewable energy

JEL Classification: K32, K33, O1, Q4, N10

Suggested Citation

Gonzalez, Carmen G., Book Review: Global Energy Justice (September 2, 2018). Journal of Human Rights and the Environment, Vol. 9, No. 2, September 2018, pp. 222-225.. Available at SSRN:

Carmen G. Gonzalez (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

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