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Call for Papers

The Colloquium will provide a forum for analysis and discussion of the legal and policy issues surrounding renewable energy.


The need for urgent action to prevent dangerous climate change by keeping global temperature increase as far as possible below 2°C is focusing attention on how to best facilitate the big switch away from fossil fuels in the electricity and transport sectors. The need to peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2015 underlines the vital importance of the task of encouraging investment in zero emissions technologies. At the same time carbon emissions are growing faster than expected, in Australia emissions trading laws have been shelved, and worldwide it is being recognised that implementation of the Copenhagen Accord pledges will be insufficient to prevent dangerous climate change. Despite such challenges, renewable energy markets worldwide continue to grow rapidly. The colloquium will examine legal and policy barriers to investment and the drivers of further growth.

Central Questions:
• What are the implications of climate law and policy for the renewable energy sector which continues to grow rapidly throughout the world?
• What are the implications of climate law and policy for the renewable energy sector which continues to grow rapidly throughout the world?
• What are the most effective legal and policy mechanisms for promoting investment in, and the uptake of, renewable energy?
• What are the legal and policy barriers to increased investment in renewable energy?
• What law and policy reforms can best be proposed on the basis of comparison of national experiences?
• What lessons can be learned from experiences in different countries?
• Which innovative approaches have been introduced or are going to be introduced in the near future?
• What role should renewable energy play in achieving climate change targets?
• What will be the interactions between centralised and decentralized energy systems?

Focus of the Colloquium:
The colloquium will take a comparative approach to analysing renewable energy law and policy worldwide.

The intention of the workshop is to critically examine the different legal and policy frameworks implemented to remove barriers to, and to promote investment in
renewable energy. The workshop will invite academics from a number of different disciplines, including law, economics and energy research, to learn and draw from
each others experiences and expertise in analysing some of the crucial issues underpinning this area.

A variety of sessions are available for paper presentations, and papers will be grouped into common interest areas to facilitate discussion.

A keynote speaker at the colloquium will be Prof. Dr. Volkmar Lauber of the University of Salzburg, Austria, a leading international scholar of comparative
renewable energy policy. During November 2010 Prof. Lauber, will be a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Centre for European Studies. He has written extensively on
renewable energy policy, in particular regarding tradeable certificate laws and feed-in tariffs. He has been published in international journals including Energy Policy,
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, and Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society. He edited the Earthscan collection Switching to Renewable Power: A Framework for the 21st Century (2005).

You are invited to submit abstracts for original papers with new, innovative or interdisciplinary approaches that draw on the following main themes:
• Legal barriers to renewable energy development
• Legal frameworks to incentivise renewable energy
• Legal frameworks to implement ESD principles such as polluter pays
• Contribution of renewable energy in meeting climate change mitigation targets
• Comparative review of national and regional renewable energy law and policy
• Trends in legal and policy frameworks for renewable energy development

Submission Procedure:
Abstracts of 400 words can be submitted up until 15th October 2010. We welcome papers from academics and practitioners from around the world. Please e-mail
abstracts to Dr James Prest at the ANU Centre for Climate Law & Policy, at prestj@law.anu.edu.au

For further information, please contact:

Dr. James Prest
Centre for Climate Law and Policy
ANU College of Law
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
T: +61 2 6125 1689
F: +61 2 6125 0103
Joshua Prentice,
30 Sep 2010, 02:00