All are invited to attend this month’s Visiting Scholars Program workshop on Wednesday, January 16th from 1 pm to 2:30 pm in room 130. Professor Maria Gavouneli
(visiting scholar from Greece) will present her research titled “Energy at Sea: An Exploration in International Law” (see abstract below). Her discussants are Jordan Diamond
(Executive Director of the Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment at Berkeley Law) and John Yoo
(Professor at Berkeley Law). We welcome and encourage your participation as observers and commentators.
Energy issues and especially those relating to energy generated from and within the ocean environment are at the forefront of both doctrinal analysis ad practical considerations in recent times. The presence of extensive natural gas and oil reserve in contentious places such as the Eastern Mediterranean or the South China Sea has further expanded traditional exploration and exploitation operations at sea and significantly increased the number of offshore installations in areas already congested with other uses of the seas. These new areas of production depend on an increasingly expanding network of pipelines, crisscrossing the oceans, transferring energy to areas far away from the original place of production and creating both a security and an environmental hazard. At the same time, the future remains steadily focused on renewable energy, the promotion of which remains an effective mitigation measure under the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. All this, while the world community is engaged to sustainably use the oceans and their resources under SDG 14 and negotiates a new legal instrument protecting areas beyond national jurisdiction.
The research concentrates on the legal regime governing offshore energy in international law. It purports to clarify, explain and put together in a comprehensive regime a wide variety of diverse rules of parallel and occasionally conflicting scope, often belonging to a highly complex, extremely specialized and fragmented web of legal regimes, for immediate practical use in the oceans.