Co-Chair
Sarah Fitts

Co-Chair
Gabriela
Mancero-Bucheli

Power Law Committee

The mission of the Power Law Committee of the International Bar Association is to provide a forum where energy lawyers with different legal backgrounds from around the world can interact and learn from one another in a setting encouraging collegiality and the friendly exchange of ideas. The committee is part of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law.

About the Committee

The mission of the Power Law Committee of the International Bar Association is to provide a forum where energy lawyers with different legal backgrounds from around the world can interact and learn from one another in a setting encouraging collegiality and the friendly exchange of ideas.

Although the power sector may be governed by rules specific to each jurisdiction, the acceptance of international ownership of power companies and plants is now very well-established in many jurisdictions. Similarly, despite the fact that transactional and finance lawyers have become increasingly involved in the power business, there is still the need for highly specialized expertiserelating to regulatory regimes and methodologies, power purchase arrangements, transmission siting, access and pricing, engineering procurement and construction, operation and maintenance, reliability standards and compliance, fuel procurement and hedging arrangements.

Additionally, and very importantly, there is the new global emphasis on sources of renewable energy and demand side management necessary to mitigate climate change.

All of these are topics that the Power Law Committee will explore, hoping to provide its membership with practical and useful advice to better serve clients, and to offer the opportunity for collaboration, networking and friendships among its members.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View all conferences and webinars

Energy transition in Portugal: current status and post-pandemic trends

Notwithstanding the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fight against global warming is possibly the most pressing issue in the international agenda. This article summarises Portugal’s policies on energy transition before the pandemic and highlights some of the post-pandemic market trends.

Released on Jun 08, 2021

‘Turnkey’ German system for electric power transmission projects in Paraguay

Paraguay would seem to be a clear example of a favourable ecosystem for private investment in public infrastructure through various procurement mechanisms. In recent decades, a remarkable macroeconomic, tax and currency stability has been established and consolidated with a neat and careful management of public accounts, as well as respect for long term compromises which provide a safe framework for investors.

Released on Jun 08, 2021

Prospects of embedded generation in the Nigeria’s power sector

The unreliability of Nigeria’s power sector has led industry stakeholders to seek alternative sources of electricity for consumers while waiting for the national grid power to improve significantly. This article focuses on the prospects of embedded generation in Nigeria.

Released on Jun 08, 2021

Judicial interpretation of Section 71(6) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005

In liberalising Nigeria’s electricity sector, the distribution of electricity was handed to Distribution Successor Companies. The assumption was that the licences issued to these Companies over certain geographical areas were exclusive. This court case provides clarity through the judicial interpretation of Section 71(6) of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005.

Released on Jun 08, 2021

Renewable energy in Nigeria: law, regulation, trends and opportunities

As the harmful effects of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions become clearer and the need for sustainable development takes on a more central role in the global energy conversation, there appears to be a consensus amongst key players that it is imperative to shift focus towards renewable energy and other clean energy sources.

Released on Jun 08, 2021