The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School in cooperation with the UEF Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 6th international energy law and policy conference “ENERGY TRANSITIONS 2020”. The event will take place on 27 and 28 February 2020 in Joensuu, Finland.

The theme for the Energy Transitions 2020 conference is ‘Achieving Just Energy Transitions through Law and Policy: Challenges and Solutions’. Under this overarching theme, papers dealing with the following sub-themes are invited for discussions during the conference.



  • International investment dispute settlement and energy investments
  • International LNG value chains: Current and future developments
  • International trade of energy products and multilateral, regional and mega-regional trade agreements
  • Global developments in the oil, gas and power sectors
  • The “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package and its implications for EU energy law and policy
  • Introducing flexibility: Energy storage, demand-side management and the role of consumers in the energy transition
  • The regulation of renewable and low-carbon energy sources
  • Assessing the EU’s 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework
  • Subsidies to renewable energy and fossil fuels


Keynote speakers:

  • Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor of European and International Economic Law, Queen Mary University of London. Bio Topic: Making use of mega-RTAs for sustainable energy
  • Michael Polkinghorne, Partner at White & Case. Bio Topic: The winds of change: the Energy Charter Treaty in the face of global energy transitions
  • Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, University of Sussex. Bio Topic: Accelerating energy and low-carbon transitions


Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 10 October 2019

Notification of acceptance: 31 October 2019

Deadline for final paper submission: 31 January 2020

Conference dates: 27-28.2.2020

Social trip to Koli National Park: 28.2-1.3.2020


For further information on papers submission, conference registration and cost please visit the conference website







UEF Law School event: Energy Transitions 2020 Conference

UEF Law School, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, Yliopistokatu 2, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland


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