SOAS University of London

“Sustainable Energy for All”? Technology mobilisation and the human rights challenges of energy poverty and pollution

Stephen Minas (King's College London)

Date: 2 February 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 2 February 2017Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: The persisting challenges of energy poverty, air pollution and the broader effects of climate change, the burdens of which fall disproportionately upon the poor, necessitate responses grounded in the principles of social justice and solidarity. The development and dissemination of low-greenhouse gas emission energy sources is urgent and essential for preventing dangerous climate change. In addition, there is an opportunity for the use of sustainable energy to be scaled up in ways that alleviate entrenched inequalities, instead of perpetuating them. The European Union has a unique opportunity to contribute to achieving these related goals, both within its own borders and around the world. To do so, the key research question to be addressed is what modalities of governance may be applied to maximize the effectiveness of EU action. Established practices can be augmented by deeper engagement in transnational networks, often including non-state actors, by the application of EU expertise in standardization and meta-regulation, and by targeted collaborations with a host of new international organizations to address various aspects of the sustainable energy challenge.

Stephen Minas is a Senior Research Fellow in the Transnational Law Institute and Visiting Lecturer and PhD candidate (Modern Law Review scholar) in the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London. Stephen is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and its Energy and Climate Change Specialist Group. Previously Stephen held a number of roles in government, including advising the Premier of Victoria on energy and international trade and advising the Chair of the Australian Parliament’s Standing Committee on Science and Innovation. Stephen has taught climate change law and transnational law in the King’s LLM, international economic law, energy law and climate law in the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) LLM, mental health and the law at MSc level at QMUL and financial law in the King’s LLB. Stephen’s teaching and research interests include climate change law, energy law and public and private international law. Stephen holds Honours degrees in Law and History from the University of Melbourne, an MSc in International Relations from the LSE, where he attended on a Graduate Merit Award, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice. Stephen is admitted as an Australian lawyer and has completed the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre’s Tribunal Secretary Accreditation Programme.

The seminar will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in Room B111, Brunei Gallery (opp. Main Building), SOAS – All Welcome

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