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Annual Conference 2010


Date: 11th June 2010

Time: Not specified

Venue: Not available

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Professor Robert McCorquodale, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Keynote Address

Speaker: Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, member of the UK Committee on Climate Change and of the National Security Forum

Protecting Energy Investments in a Changing Legal Regime

The regime governing investment in the energy sector is undergoing change, with likely impacts from the discussions at Copenhagen in December 2009. This will impact energy investments in the future; their structure, the obligations on the investors including environmental and possibly returns. This panel will discuss these changes as well as consider the withdrawal of Russia from the Energy Charter Process in October 2009.

Chair: Brooks Daly, Permanent Court of Arbitration

Alejandro Escobar, Baker Botts LLP
Mahnaz Malik, Associate and International Law Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Ana Stanic, E&A Law, London

Session One - Panel 2

Energy Security: Implications for Foreign Policy and Territorial Sovereignty

The recent fluctuations in energy prices, and the very limited excess capacity in the energy market, have made energy security an important bargaining chip in foreign policy. Threats to energy reserves in the Niger Delta and rumours of possible attacks against Iran emphasise how vulnerable energy supplies can be. Many States are now turning their minds to how to obtain a secure, affordable and - for some States - sustainable energy source. This need will have important implications for foreign policy at the national, regional and international levels. This panel will consider such implications, as well as assessing the capacity of the current international legal framework to respond to current and future challenges in securing energy security.

Chair: John Merrett, ICC United Kingdom

Professor Catherine Redgwell, Professor of International Law, University College London
Nancy Turck, Chief Legal Counsel, International Energy Agency, Paris
Dr Pierre Noel, Director of Energy Policy Forum, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Harriet Mathews, Deputy Head, Climate Change and Energy Group, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Session Two - Panel One

Energy, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

The nature of many of the activities associated with energy production, such as its exploration, facilities, transport, waste products and general development, can have impacts on those living nearby. In many instances, these are indigenous peoples, with cultures and practices that may operate in a fragile environment. This panel will explore some of the relevant issues in this area, including the responses of those involved in the energy sectors to human rights and sustainable development concerns.

Chair: Kristin Hausler, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Dr Alexandra Xanthaki, Brunel University
Janeth Warden-Fernandez, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
Aidan Davy, International Council of Mining and Metals
Seema Joshi, Global Witness

Session Two - Panel Two

Energy Production, Transport and Supply: Cross Border Private Law Issues

In the chain from production to supply of energy, multiple private law issues arise concerning contracting, joint activities, ownership of pipelines, transport fee claims, changes of supplier or adjustment clauses in contracts of supply. Several of these questions can have cross-border dimensions. This section will shed light on how the various actors in the energy sector, including consumers, can avoid the pitfalls of private law in an international context.

Chair: Angus Johnston,
University Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Trinity Hall; member of the Electricity Policy Research Group and the Energy Law Research Forum


Professor Franco Silvano Toni di Cigoli, Università degli Studi di Padova

Dr David Chekroun, Assistant Professor of Business Law at ESCP Europe

Bertrand Montembault, Herbert Smith, Paris

Session Three - Panel One
Competition Law and Access and Security of Energy

The energy sector has undergone detailed scrutiny by competition authorities throughout Europe, with dawn raids, sector enquiries and threats of further regulation or market investigations. How has the sector coped with these various demands? How do regulators and counsel respond, whether through innovative access remedies in merger and other cases, detailed compliance programmes, environmental initiatives and the over-riding concern to ensure security of supply and fair pricing to all? And how will possible changes to the regulatory regime itself affect competition, regulation and the constant need for innovation?

Chair: Anne Riley, Shell International

Professor Alan Riley, City University
Duncan Sinclair, OFGEM
Stuart Davis, BG Group PLC

Session Three - Panel Two
National and Comparative Law Issues

Chair: Dr Duncan Fairgrieve, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Robert P Barnidge Jr,
University of Reading
Danae Azaria, University College London
Azusa Kikuma, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, LLM candidate of London School of Economics and Political Science

Drinks Reception

All non-member fees include one year's online membership of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

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Receive discounted rates at The Montague on The Gardens hotel, London WC1; Goodenough Club, London WC1, Grange Holborn Hotel, London WC1; Grange Clarendon Hotel , London WC1.

Directions to the conference venue:
London House
Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Square
London WC1N 2AB

Nearest mainline stations are King's Cross, Euston

Russell Square (5 mins walk), King's Cross (10 mins walk), Chancery Lane (10 mins walk), Holborn (10 mins walk) and Eustron (20 mins walk).

From King's Cross Tube Station: Go out of Gray's Inn Road exit (near the Hammersmith and City entrance), and turn left. Follow Gray's Inn Road for about 400 metres until you reach Heathcote Street on the right. Turn right into Heathcote Street and then immediately left into Mecklenburgh Street. William Goodenough House will be the first main building on the right, the Goodenough Club is 50 metres up the road on the left-hand side, and London House is past the gardens on the right.

From Russell Square Tube Station: Turn right out of the station and go down to the roundabout. After 50 metres the road bends round to the right and 50 metres further on turn left at the T-junction onto Guilford Street. After 200 metres take the first left at Mecklenburgh Place and follow the road. London House is on your right. Follow the gardens around and the Goodenough Club is about 200 metres on the right-hand side. William Goodenough House is past the gardens on the left.

Click here to view a map of how to get to the venue.

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