Call For Papers: Legal, Institutional and Policy Developments - Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy in the MENA Region: Legal, Institutional and Policy Developments

Deadline: 

07/16/21

Event Date: 

09/1/21

Location name: 

Virtual

Organization: 

Centre for Law and Development, College of Law, Qatar University

Call For Papers
Legal, Institutional and Policy Developments - Ensuring Access to Affordable, Reliable, Sustainable and Modern Energy in the MENA Region: Legal, Institutional and Policy Developments

This call for papers aims at examining the energy transition in the MENA region countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen). Some of these nations are blessed with conventional energy resources that were used in the last century and are still being exploited currently while others do not possess such resources. These nations are looking to invest in alternative energy resources for various reasons mainly energy diversification; combating global warming and ensuring environmental protection. To that end, various investments were made in the last couple of decades in the renewable energy industry while further calls have been made to that end by experts, government officials and international organizations. Hence, public authorities are making long term plans in that direction where governments such as Qatar have included this objective within its 2030 Qatar National Vision.

This special issue aims at examining the energy transition in the MENA region from a legal, institutional and policy perspective through the lens of SDG7 focusing on ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy.

TARGETS: To achieve SDG7, certain targets must be reached by 2030. These targets are:
1) Increasing substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
2) Doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
3) Enhancing international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promoting investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology
4) Expanding infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for all in developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States, and land-locked developing countries, in accordance with their respective programmes of support.

The articles to be submitted to this special issue will need examine how the energy transition in the MENA region is taking place from a legal, institutional and policy perspectives in the light of SDG 7 Targets. In that sense, authors will need to shed light on the current developments in the renewable energy sector; attempts to enhance energy efficiency; international cooperation initiatives that have been either established by the MENA countries, or are part of and current investments in infrastructure and technologies related to energy transition in the MENA region but also abroad. Authors can submit papers addressing energy transition in one specific country in the MENA region or provide a comparative approach of various countries. Similarly, authors can address one SDG 7 Target or combine various Targets in the assessment.

VENUE AND DATES: A conference will take place online the following months.

APPLICATIONS: Applications must be submitted via email to the attention of Dr. Jon Truby and Dr. Imad Antoine Ibrahim at the following address: imad.ibrahim@qu.edu.qa. Please include the following information:
- The author’s name and affiliation;
- A 300-word abstract [Wordfile or PDF];
- The author’s CV, including a list of relevant publications, if applicable;
- The author’s contact details, including e-mail address and phone number.

PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES: The organizers have teamed up with the Journal of World Energy Law and Business that will publish the contributions as a special issue.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
- Jon Mark Truby (Dr. Truby; Director of the Centre for Law and Development and an Associate Professor of Law at the College of Law, Qatar University).
- Imad Antoine Ibrahim (Research Assistant, at the Center for Law and Development (CLD), College of Law, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar).

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