Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

About the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

Published quarterly, the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL) is the journal of the IBA’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law.

JERL was launched in January 1983, under the editorship of Professor Terence Daintith, now a Professional Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

The Journal's current Editor is Professor Don C Smith (pictured), Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Program at the University of Denver (US) Sturm College of Law where he teaches Comparative Environmental Law and Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas. He is assisted by the Journal Board and Editorial Advisory Committee, comprised of members of the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) of IBA SEERIL. Together, they bring to the journal an unsurpassed expertise in all areas of energy and natural resources law.

Featuring contributions written by some of the finest academic minds and most successful practitioners in this area of study, JERL is a highly respected journal committed to reflecting contemporary issues that face the energy and natural resources sectors.


Editor, Don Smith

Latest Issue - Vol 40 No 1, March 2022

This issue of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law marks the start of its 40th year of publication. From an initial readership consisting primarily of several hundred members of the then newly established Section on Energy and Natural Resources Law of the International Bar Association (IBA), today’s Journal has grown and matured into a publication that is ranked among the most prestigious journals of its kind in the energy and natural resources fields.

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The development of energy law, natural resources law and climate change law in New Zealand is considered over the period from the early 1980s to the early 2020s.

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Canada’s historical legal framework for hydrocarbon development persists, creating a ‘carbon energy overhang’ that impedes the transition to a low-carbon economy on which Canadian governments have embarked.

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This paper analyses how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) influenced the opening of the Mexican energy sector, beginning in 1992. It evaluates how the multiplication of legal bodies governing the energy industry calls the attention of scholars to the analysis and systematisation of this novel legal discipline.

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The development experienced by energy law in recent decades is reflected in the 40-year existence of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL). It shows that the inclusion within the legal order of three main established principles of energy law (those of security of supply, economic efficiency and environmental sustainability) is the result of the influence of the dominant energy policies.

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The achievement of a radical global reduction of greenhouse gases requires a legal-institutional setting capable of facilitating such a transition on a wide range of renewable technologies.

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The offshore wind energy industry is growing at an encouraging rate, and Australia is seeking to commence offshore wind development. Although there is research on the planning and environmental risks, there is limited research addressing health and safety risks.

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This article examines whether impact and benefit agreements (IBAs) between industry proponents and indigenous communities, a common standard in natural resource development in Canada, could be a way to fulfil the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 169 benefit-sharing duty in Latin America, as many suggest.

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This paper discusses the prospects of Zimbabwe adopting the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). It evaluates the preconditions – the country’s legal and institutional readiness – while engaging with the benefits of the EITI.

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A book review of European Law on Combined Heat and Power by Maciej M. Sokołowski, Abingdon, Routledge, 2020, 268 pp, £120 (hardback), ISBN: 9780367440237.

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ISSN 0264-6811

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