In November 2003, the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) launched a new scholarly network of environmental law faculties and professors: the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. The IUCN Academy is a consortium of specialized research centers in university law faculties throughout the world and as part of its mandate, identifies a significant topic of interregional research each year. The research focus for 2003 was 'The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development'. As research on energy law, at the international, regional, and national level is in its infancy, the insights provided by the contributors to Volume 1 are a significant addition to the field. Volume 2 assembles for the first time the legal instruments that are recognized as constituting the core of the law of energy for sustainable development.
Adrian J Bradbrook is the Bonython Professor of Energy Law at the University of Adelaide, Australia and the former Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law Energy Law and Climate Change Working Group. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy and the International Energy Foundation. He is the author of the book Solar Energy and the Law (1984), and has published numerous legal academic articles relating primarily to environmental aspects of energy law, with particular emphasis on energy efficiency and renewable energy resources. Rosemary Lyster is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney. She specialises in Environmental law and Administrative law. In the areas of Environmental law her primary areas of interest are energy law, water law, Asia-Pacific environmental law and Environmental Dispute Resolution, which she teaches in the Master of Environmental Law course. Rosemary is Director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law (Sydney) and Editor in Chief of the Asia Pacific Journal of Environmental Law. She is a member of the IUCN/World Conservation Union's Commission on Environmental Law. Richard L. Ottinger is Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, where he taught environmental law and was Dean from 1994-1999. He is a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and Chair of its Climate and Energy Working Group. He served for 16 years in the U.S. Congress, chairing the House Subcommittee on Energy, Conservation and Power. He was a founding staff member of the U.S. Peace Corps and was an Associate in the New York law firm of Clearly, Gottlieb, Friendly & Hamilton. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Cornell University.
The Law of Energy for Sustainable Development: 1. Sustainable development and the role of energy law; 2. Legal issues in contemporary energy law; 3. International energy law; 4. Comparative energy law; 5. Electricity restructuring; 6. Financing for sustainable energy; 7. Civil society and the procedural requirements of energy law for sustainable development; Compendium of Sustainable Energy Laws: Introduction; 1. World energy assessment; 2. International agreements; 3. International law declarations and other soft law instruments; 4. Action plans and multilateral operation recommendations; 5. Select regional energy agreements; 6. Select national legislation illustrative of sustainable energy laws innovations.