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An Inclusive Energy Transition? The Role of Public Participation in International Energy Governance

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11th Annual Evening Seminar Series: Environmental Law in Times of Change

An Inclusive Energy Transition? The Role of Public Participation in International Energy Governance

Thursday 1 March 2018, 7:00pm
Room G3 (Main Building, SOAS)

Moving away from our reliance on fossil fuels at the lowest social and economic cost is one of the major challenges humanity faces today. The need to curb carbon emissions and to adopt new energy systems calls for a fundamental redesign of our political, economic and social systems. Accountability of decision-makers and transparency of their decisions is fundamental to ensure that the transition to a low-carbon economy is inclusive and fair, taking into account the different interests at play. As a result, energy policies that have traditionally been the domaine réservé of the state are opening to public involvement and scrutiny. The process is not purely a national one: international norms can play a significant role by setting minimum standards that frame the design of new energy policies. It is visible, for instance, in the work of the Aarhus Convention compliance committee that is increasingly called to assess whether new energy activities (e.g. the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant) and policies (e.g. the design of wind energy policies) violate international procedural environmental obligations. Overall, the discussion will interrogate how international governance can contribute to the design of principles of ‘energy democracy’ that facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Dr Leslie-Anne Duvic-Paoli is a Lecturer in Law at King’s College London. Before joining The Dickson Poon School of Law in August 2017, she was Philomathia Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. Leslie-Anne is a public international lawyer, whose research investigates the nature and content of the principles of international environmental law. Her monograph, entitled The Prevention Principle in International Environmental Law, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (2018). Leslie-Anne’s research also looks at the energy transition to a low-carbon economy from an international and comparative law perspective. She is the Project Leader of the Platform on International Energy Governance, a network of excellence that fosters the conduct of research in unexplored areas of international energy governance

The Seminar will begin at 7pm in room G3, SOAS Main Building, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0XG.

No Registration Required - All Welcome.