The Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All

As part of GW Law’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, many faculty and students have been actively involved in a Community of Practice (CoP) on the Legal Aspects of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). 

Part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development’s Thematic Working Group on Environmental and Natural Resource Law, the CoP provides a forum for discussing the legal barriers and opportunities associated with implementing the primary goals of the UN’s SE4All initiative. Those goals include ensuring universal energy access, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency, and doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. 

Lee Paddock, associate dean for environmental studies, has spearheaded the collaborative effort along with representatives from the World Bank, the International Development Law Organization, the Environmental Law Institute, and a variety of other institutions and universities. GW Law faculty and students have contributed to the CoP’s efforts by compiling a database of legal resources on the topic, as well as a list of organizations and initiatives that are involved in the effort to understand the legal aspects of implementing SE4All. 

In addition, Associate Dean Paddock, Professor Robert L. Glicksman, former Environmental Program Fellow Jessica Wentz, and LLM student Chiara Pappalardo presented research related to the topic at the 2014 Colloquium of the International Union on the Conservation of Nature’s Academy of Environmental Law.