Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL)

Wednesday 2 August 2023
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

JERL Podcast

The Journal has an accompanying podcast, which you can listen to here. In this podcast series, Don C Smith, the Editor of the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, interviews preeminent global experts in the field. The first episode is an interview with Iñigo del Guayo, Professor of administrative law at the University of Almeria, Spain.

The Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL) has been accepted into Clarivate's Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), which tracks the most influential journals in their respective fields. In June, JERL recieved its first impact factor of 1.800 after being accepted into the SSCI. JERL is ranked 49th out of 154 journals in the 'Law' category and 110th out of 127 journals in the 'Environmental Studies' category.

Latest Issue - Vol 41 No 4 (November 2023)

In mid-August 2023, an American trial court rendered a decision that was as amazing as it was important. The trial court held in favour of youth plaintiffs in a climate change case.

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In May 2020, when Rio Tinto destroyed ancient rockshelters in Western Australia to expand an iron ore mine, public outcry triggered a parliamentary inquiry. The value and effect of public sector inquiries have been debated for over a century. While the Juukan Gorge inquiry overlooked some important issues, it succeeded in illuminating critical flaws in company, regulatory and administrative systems that trade on injustice.

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This article examines the interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation and the rules for access to consumer data introduced by the Recast Electricity Directive (2019/944). It brings insights from practice regarding the complexities of applying these two legal frameworks simultaneously by analysing a case from the Dutch electricity market.

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As Indonesia’s mining industry plays an important role in the national economy and global mineral supply chain, local communities and the environment are increasingly affected by the mining industry. This article examines Indonesia’s 2009 Mining Law to understand why it failed to effectively address the needs of communities impacted by extractive industries.

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Rising global temperatures and concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) are reaching record highs. The consequences being reported globally are becoming increasingly severe. At the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) in 2021, the parties to the Paris Agreement agreed on the terms of a global stocktake mechanism to periodically assess the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of the agreement’s long-term goals.

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The concept for the extensive use of hydrogen as an energy carrier is not new but has regained traction recently. To drive the development of the hydrogen economy, national regulatory frameworks for the hydrogen economy are emerging in many parts of the world, including the European Union. The focus of this contribution is on the interaction of the emerging EU hydrogen policies and regulations with the rules of the WTO. The key finding is that conflicts between the norms of the EU and the WTO can be avoided, but policymakers need to act for this to be accomplished.

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The energy transition and achieving net-zero goals were viewed as a straight road – in some quarters. Still, with the realities on the ground, energy security has emerged as another path governments must earnestly consider. The government of the United Kingdom has backed, and committed itself to achieving, a greener and clean-energy society through various policies and laws. However, the Russian–Ukraine crisis has raised a vital question of energy security for the government. This paper looks pragmatically at some issues and opportunities for the UK government. Energy security issues are not peculiar to the UK; many countries are saddled with these energy problems.

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Maintaining strong standards of environmental protection was used as arguments by both leave and remain campaigns during the Brexit referendum. Some argued that Brexit would lead to the decimation of environmental protection in the UK, whereas others argued that it would be an excellent opportunity to improve upon the environmental standards upheld in the European Union. This commentary focusses on the progress made in England surrounding environmental principles, the introduction of the Office for Environmental Protection, and plans to remove retained EU environmental law, with the aim of answering whether environmental protection has improved in the UK since Brexit.

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ISSN 0264-6811

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JERL has been accepted into Clarivate’s Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)

This tracks the most influential journals in their respective fields. In June 2022, JERL received its first impact factor of 1.800 after being accepted into the SSCI