2023_12_‘Just’ Energy Infrastructure for the Climate Common Good Forum




Xavier Arnauld De Sartre (xavier.arnauld @ univ-pau.fr)

Tél : 05 59 40 72 62


Christine Bouisset (christine.bouisset @ univ-pau.fr)

Tél : 05 59 40 72 74

Responsable administrative et financière

Anne Perrin (anne.perrin @ univ-pau.fr)

Tél : 05 59 40 80 63

‘Just’ Energy Infrastructure for the Climate Common Good ForumOxford, Royaume-Uni, Maison Française d'Oxford

A key goal of the energy transition is to ensure the availability of zero or low carbon energy. Achieving this goal necessitates costly technological advancements and a grid overhaul connecting generation and consumption. Beyond network upgrades, the transition shifts from centralized to decentralized systems with new interconnections and international collaboration needs, especially regarding more interconnection capacity. International investments are pivotal for implementing the energy transition. Yet, new energy production-consumption methods raise concerns about network balance and equitable investment distribution. Renewable energy developments expose social and spatial disparities often overlooked in public policy and law.

To address this shortcoming, our symposium tackles global energy infrastructure investment trends, particularly those serving a “climate common good”. It delves into an energy justice evaluation methodology to compare key energy shared infrastructures projects. This symposium focuses on providing practical insights into these investments by tracing the financial flows and legal structures behind major energy projects. We will question the shift from public subsidies to contract-based renewable energy models and hybrid ventures, addressing investor risks and power imbalances, to better understand "who" is concretely driving the energy transition and which network geographies and power ventures are (re)produced.

This event aims to foster a dialogue between academics and practitioners, highlighting critical legal geography and comparative legal analysis as essential tools for energy investment research. It will kick off with the presentation of a policy brief introducing an international energy infrastructure classification and an interdisciplinary evaluation framework based on energy justice criteria, paving the way for a just and sustainable low-carbon future.

Program : 

  • 1-1.25pm Welcome addresses – Conference hall, Maison Française d’Oxford
  • 1.30-2.10pm Presentation of the research program and of the first Platform’s policy paper
  • 2.10pm-3.20pm Discussion panel n°1 – European insights from practice and academia on international investment and just energy infrastructures
  • 3.20-3.40pm Q&A time with the audience
  • 3.40-4pm Coffee break
  • 4-5.45pm Discussion panel n°2 – “Learning from the field. International Investments in Energy Infrastructures for ‘Just’ Climate Action: International Case-Studies on Regulation and Arbitration Challenges”
  • 5.45-6pm Concluding Remarks
  • 6.15pm Diner reception, Maison Française d’Oxford

With insights from, among others:

  • Ms Béatrice Coda, Seconded Head of Unit at CINEA, European Commission, DG Energy, Green Transition and Energy System Integration, CEF Energy and Renewable Energy Financing Mechanism
  • Me Mathias Dantin, Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP, Energy & Infrastructure Team, Member of the Paris & New York Bars
  • Prof. Sanja Bogojevic, Professor of Law, University of Oxford, Institute of European and Comparative Law, Fellow and Tutor at Lady Margaret Hall
  • Prof. Frédéric Gonand, Professor of Economics, University Paris Dauphine-PSL, Former Commissioner of the French Energy Regulation Authority
  • The Energy Justice and the Social Contract chair team researchers, notably Prof. Raphael Heffron, Louis de Fontenelle and Dr. Emmanuelle Santoire




This event is free and open to everyone, but please note that registration is required.