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The Law of Energy Transition in International Perspective
In cooperation with international academic partners we regularly conduct research projects and promote academic discourse on the law of energy transition in international perspective.
In March 2015 we hosted the international exploratory workshop “The Law of Energy Transition Across Europe and in the European Union – Pathways to a Sustainable Energy Sector” at the University of Tübingen. The workshop in cooperation with the University of Zurich and the University of Oxford brought together speakers from Switzerland, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Norway. The program is available here.
In June 2015 Prof. Saurer gave his inaugural lecture at the University of Tübingen under the title “Rechtsvergleichende Betrachtungen zur Energiewende” on the topic of the law of energy transition in comparative perspective. The lecture was published in the Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts, Volume 64 (2016) and is available here.
In December 2016, Prof. Saurer gave a lecture on “The law of energy efficiency in Germany” as part of an international conference in Milano/Italy. The lecture was published in the volume “Efficienza energetica ed efficienza del sistema dell'energia: un nuovo modello?”, edited by Piergiuseppe Biandrino/Marinella de Focatiis, Wolters Kluwer Italia, Milano 2017.
In 2018 Prof. Saurer participated in the interdisciplinary research project “Governance of energy transition” (“Governance der Energiewende”) led by Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz (University of Darmstadt) and Prof. Roland Czada (University of Osnabrück). Results of the research project have been published in a symposium issue of the journal “dms – der moderne staat” (issue 2/2019), available here.
Since 2018 Prof. Saurer is running a research project on the law of energy transition in federal legal orders in cooperation with Prof. Jonas J. Monast, Director of the Center on Climate, Energy, Environment & Economics of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (North Carolina/USA). The research project is part of the institutional academic cooperation of the University of Tübingen and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The project addresses primarily energy transitions within the federal systems of governance in Germany and the United States, where energy decision-making at the federal and state levels is influenced by very different legal structures and social, economic and ecological contexts. In addition, the research project explores the relevance of federal competence allocation for energy transition processes in federal legal orders around the world such as Switzerland and Austria, Brazil, South Africa, Australia and the European Union. The research project included a webinar and a workshop on comparative perspectives on the law of energy transition in federal legal systems that was held at the University of Tübingen in June 2019. The program is available here.