Call for papers: OGEL special issue on the “Energy Community”
7 May 2013
Update: The OGEL 2 (2014) Energy Community special has been published.
Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (www.ogel.org) invites submissions for a special issue on the Energy Community, an international organisation active in the area of energy regulation. The guest editor for this special issue will be Dr. Dirk Buschle, Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of the Energy Community Secretariat.
The conflicts of the 1990s led to the disintegration of a unified energy system that stretched from the Adriatic to the Black and Aegean Seas. What was once a single system suddenly was a patchwork of several. Regardless of the frontiers drawn on maps since the conflict erupted, the separate entities still rely on each other for the smooth functioning of their power supplies.
In the words of the European Commission (COM(2011) 105 final),
"Energy Community is about investments, economic development, security of energy supply and social stability; but - more than this - the Energy Community is also about solidarity, mutual trust and peace. The very existence of the Energy Community, only ten years after the end of the Balkan conflict, is a success in itself, as it stands as the first common institutional project undertaken by the non-European Union countries of South East Europe."
In December 2009 the Energy Community Ministerial Council decided on the accession of Moldova and Ukraine. With the decision, the original concept of integrating the Western Balkans was complemented by the leitmotif of creating pan-European security of energy supply through the expansion of the EU internal market and the export of EU energy law.
This special issue will not only provide an introduction to the Energy Community and its practical regulatory and institutional aspects but also aims to include comparisons between the Energy Community and the Energy Charter Treaty, Mediterranean partnerships, the European Economic Area (EEA) and other instruments of EU external relations and other international organisations. Contributions are welcome not only by lawyers but also from the perspectives of political and social science, economics, engineering, etc.
We invite papers and studies from area, such as:
- Various aspects of the development and role of Energy Community
- Analyses of case law of the Energy Community
- Energy Community as an instrument of EU external policy
- Comparisons between Energy Community and other international organisations in Europe
- Energy Community as a model for regional cooperation
- The Energy Community and bilateral agreements of the EU
- Impact of the Energy Community on energy systems, markets and contracts in the Contracting Parties and Observers.
We are also interested in other studies in this area.
Authors of this special issue will also be invited to participate in an "International aspects of European energy law and policy" conference at UEF (Finland) in early 2014. Where necessary, limited support towards the travelling costs can be provided to those authors attending this conference. Selected papers will also be included in an edited book focusing on the Energy Community.
Papers should be submitted by November 2013 to:
Please CC firstname.lastname@example.org when you submit material.
Feel free to forward this call for papers to colleagues who may be interested in contributing to the special issue. Intended publication date: early 2014.
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