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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

For a Special Issue on
Energy Law for the Next Generation, Towards 2050

Manuscript deadline
31 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Raphael James Heffron, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago
[email protected]

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Energy Law for the Next Generation, Towards 2050

  • You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in a Special Issue of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL), the flagship publication of the Section of Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law of the International Bar Association.
  • The aims of this Special Issue are to identify and capture in a normative way what energy law should be in 2050, i.e., for the next generation. The UN, international organisations and national governments all have committed to various long terms plans on climate targets which need therefore energy targets. This Special Issue will explore how energy law needs to change so as to meet these targets.
  • With the UN announcing we are in a climate emergency in 2020, it is clear that there is a question whether society has the right law to fix this climate problem. Hence, we need to envision energy law and consider it in its’ entirety and ask ‘is it fit-for-purpose’. This is the planned scope of the Special Issue which is broad but aims to capture this by encouraging contributions from across the different regions in the world, such as Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.
  • This will be a timely Special Issue, and the core concepts, theories and methods in energy law research need to be revamped so that they address where the energy sector should be, given that society faces a climate emergency. Given the direct link between the energy sector and its carbon emissions to the climate catastrophe it will be valuable collection of articles that should not only be relevant to the energy law research and practitioner community but also to energy researchers from other disciplines. In future years, this Special Issue will encourage lawyers to draft new law as well as amend existing law to ensure the next generation sees that today’s society was cognizant of ensuring that the energy law community was active in contributing to society’s long-term climate and energy problems.
  • Interested parties need to indicate by email their intention to submit a full paper to the guest editor (details below) along with the paper’s title, authors, and abstract.  The full manuscript should be emailed to the guest editor by the deadline indicated below.  Authoring guidelines will be mailed to interested parties after we receive your letter of intent.

Submission Instructions

Submit Abstract to Professor Heffron fro Approval and submission details will sent out.

Instructions for Authors

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