The international legal rules affecting renewable alternative energy resources are amongst the most important legal and environmental concerns of the near future. As traditional energy sources are depleted, new technologies are being developed to harness the potentials of wave, current and tidal energy, coastal wind power, offshore geothermal, polar energy resources and space-based solar collection. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of the legal rules governing the alternative energy resource potential of all international common areas - the high seas, the polar zones (especially Antarctica) and outer space. In a detailed, but precisely analyzed text, the book also reviews the international environmental rules affecting exploration, exploitation and use of internationally situated energy resources, alongside resources located offshore under national jurisdictions. This is accompanied by a critical look at the connection between efforts to control greenhouse gases and the growing interest in non-polluting alternatives found in the international "commons. The result is a work of unprecedented value for environmental and international law academics and practitioners, as well as those interested in environmental resource economics and politics.
Table of Contents
Contents: Activities Within National Jurisdiction: The coastal waters: continental shelf and exclusive economic zone; Offshore delimitation of resource deposits situated across national boundaries. Activities in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: The high seas and the deep seabed; The Polar zones. Activities in Extraterrestrial Areas: Outer space and celestial bodies; The moon treaty of 1979. The Energy/Environment Connection in the International Context: International environmental considerations; International controls on consumption of energy and protecting the environment; Index.
’International Energy Law is an original, superb and exciting book...focused and detailed analysis...contributes in an important way to the literature in this field of law. The book is written in an easily understandable way and will prove to be useful to academics, students, lawyers, corporate and government officials and policy makers, active in the field of international law, energy law and environmental law.’ Professor Kurt Deketelaere, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium ’...an excellent review...’ New Law Journal ’...comprehensive, and original analysis...In addition to a richly deserved spot on the shelf of any library collection of international legal materials, it will also serve the interests of practitioners...’ American Society of International Law ’...a novel and comprehensive survey of international law, treaties and agreements relating to the exploration and exploitation of renewable energy sources.’ The Journal of Energy Literature ’...provides a thorough overview of international energy law and is written in language simple enough that someone with limited knowledge of energy law...could learn from the book. However at the same time it is a useful tool for energy lawyers and energy law students alike...an interesting and a handy reference....’ International Energy Law and Taxation Review ’...very well researched...providing a detailed...analysis of the legal rules governing alternative enegery resources in the global commons.’ RECIEL