Improving the Climate for European Investments in the Russian Electricity Production Sector: (II) The Role of Regulatory Convergence

Anatole Jean Raymond Thierry Boute

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Abstract

This article is a sequel to 'Improving the Climate for European Investments in the Russian Electricity Production Sector: (I) the Role of Investment Protection Law', which appeared in the previous issue of the Journal. It examines whether convergence of the regulatory frameworks governing the European and Russian electricity markets could improve the predictability of investment conditions in the Russian electricity production sector. Could the creation of an EU–Russian level playing field in the electricity sector answer the legal uncertainties faced by European investors in Russia? This question is analysed in the broader context of the EU–Russian energy relationship. The article first examines the notion of regulatory convergence and its conceptual evolution in the context of the increasing strategic importance of Russia for the European energy market. Thereafter, the potential success of this approach is assessed in light of comparative law, especially legal transplant theory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)327-373
Number of pages47
JournalJournal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
Volume26
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008

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