Global Energy Poverty: The Relevance of Faith and Reason

47 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2020 Last revised: 15 Jun 2020

Date Written: 2020


The challenge of energy poverty (EP) primarily confronts the least developed countries (LDCs) of the world, located in Africa and Asia, but is also prevalent within segments of more advanced developing countries in Asia. This article will first delineate the nature of global energy poverty that results in the premature deaths of millions of people and leads to pervasive sickness among many more millions. The article will next sketch the legal and political responses to this problem that have generally applied principles of sustainable development (SD) and the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of 2015 adopted by the General Assembly of the UN.2 The final part of this article will examine the largely ignored conceptual roots of SD-based in justice. It will be argued that the global jurisprudential lineages of justice are intertwined with common strands of faith and reason, traversing the variegated cultural and religious traditions of the world.

Keywords: global energy poverty, sustainable development, least developed countries, religion

Suggested Citation

Guruswamy, Lakshman, Global Energy Poverty: The Relevance of Faith and Reason (2020). Belmont Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2, pp. 199-244, Belmont University College of Law Research Paper No. 2020-21, U of Colorado Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 20-29, Available at SSRN:

Lakshman Guruswamy (Contact Author)

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

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