Jul 12 2019

A Review of Energy Law Education in Greece

The article focuses on reviewing energy law education in Greece. It mirrors recent efforts in the US and UK to examine energy law education and, for example: how it is taught; who is teaching it; where it is being taught; and what content is given to the curriculum offered? More research is needed on energy law education as the energy sector becomes increasingly influential in modern society. This article aims to complement the US and UK research and marks the continuation of the beginning of an EU wide exploration into the increased emergence of energy law education, the links between practitioners and academics and what "energy law” means in different jurisdictions.

It does not intend to provide "answers” at this stage but merely to contribute to setting the platform of identifying the right questions. Before approaching the question of energy law scholarship, the article highlighted the reasons that led to an impetus for energy law scholarship, which was created by the market conditions and developments in the energy sector. This trend has been identified from Greek Higher Education Institutions—to a higher or lesser degree. It can be said that the programmes offered and the centres active in the field do provide and demonstrate, in many cases, vivid and successful activity in energy law scholarship.


There are also initiatives taken by Greek universities which could be said to be at the forefront of current legal trends. One might only assume the extent to which Greek higher education will commit to creating new, specialised energy centres and appoint academics with the specialisation of energy law. However, the fact that new programmes in the subject have been introduced in the last two years points to a dynamic trajectory for energy law as an emerging area. Finally, it is worth mentioning that the platform set out by the US and UK reviews could start the cycle of examining this topic in other civil and common law jurisdictions, with the goal of a wider harmonisation and development of the discipline of energy law in the future internationally.

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* The article, published by the International Energy Law Review, was co-authored by Dr Dimitrios Arvanitis, Professor Raphael Heffron, Dr Valentina Dedi and Dr Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis and sponsored by the Greek Energy Forum.
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Dr Dimitrios Arvanitis

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Professor Raphael Heffron

Raphael Heffron is Professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. His work is international and combines a mix of energy law, policy and economics. He has published over 100 publications of different types. Professor Heffron’s research all has a principle focus on achieveing a just transition to a low-carbon economy. His research has been cited over 600 times in the last four years. Raphael was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland in 2018. Raphael has acted as a consultant for the World Bank and various policy organisations in the EU. Raphael is on the Editorial Board of the International Energy Law Review and is also Consulting Editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England volumes on Energy Law. Raphael’s research and teaching has been recognised by the award of a Jean Monnet Professorship in Energy & Natural Resources Law (2016-2019) by the European Commission. His teaching has been recognised in the UK by becoming a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2018. In addition, Raphael is also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
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Dr Valentina Dedi

Dr Valentina Dedi is an energy economist with consulting experience in international oil and gas markets and energy transition projects. She currently works for KBR serving within the international consulting business as a Lead Economist. Valentina has also been involved with academic institutions, teaching at the University of Surrey in the UK, Bayes Business School, London City University and University of Ioannina in Greece. She acts as the Vice President of the Greek Energy Forum and of Access for Women in Energy.
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Dr Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis

After starting his career in the oil & gas industry as a business development economist for Petrobras, focusing on long term analytics and business development for its international portfolio, Dr Angelos Gkanoutas-Leventis joined BP as part of the commercial management team of an operating facility in Belgium. Since then, Angelos moved to BP Shipping where he focused on commercial performance. He has now moved into a secondment to ADNOC Logistics & Services, where as part of a small team, he is assisting the Executive Team with Transforming their business into an internationally competitive and agile organisation.


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