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Brexit and Energy Event
The UK Energy Law and Policy Association (UKELPA) organised a high-level discussion on the theme of Brexit and Energy in Edinburgh at the Royal Scots Club on Friday 30 June 2017.
The event kicked off with a presentation on Scotland’s draft Energy Strategy by the Head of the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Division, Chris Stark, followed by participants from industry, academia, professions and government.
Although the details of Brexit are unclear, the process is certain to be transformative and long-lasting for Scotland’s energy mix and its future development. UKELPA seeks to stimulate and encourage independent and high quality commentary and analysis into this debate, contributing to the work of decision-makers. In the wider context of the transition to a low carbon economy, we wish to take stock of Brexit’s effects, asking how they impact on this process. Our focus is particularly on legal, regulatory and policy aspects of these public policy issues.
The study and practice of energy law is increasing in the UK and internationally. In the legal profession, the majority of medium to large law firms now have specific energy divisions; in addition, it is now included as an area of practice when recruiting trainees. UKELPA was set up in 2015 to contribute to this process of education in research and teaching, and links up with similar associations in Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. UKELPA is cochaired by Professor Cameron (University of Dundee), Professor; Angus Johnston (University of Oxford) and Jean Monnet Professor; Raphael Heffron (Queen Mary University of London).
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