Renewable Energy: Finance and Development in the EU and Beyond

Under the European Union Renewable Energy Directive, EU member states are committed to meeting certain renewable energy targets. The success of this directive hinges on private sector investment and the stability of renewable energy policies. This panel will examine the developing role of international investment protection in market-based renewable energy investments in the European Union, with a specific focus on the future of green bonds and shadow banking.

  • Prof. Kim Talus, Professor and James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law at Tulane Law School; Director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law,  Tulane University 061517-kim-talus800-1
    Kim Talus is the holder the James McCulloch Chair in Energy Law at Tulane University and the founding director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law. His extensive experience in research and consultancy has centered around international, comparative and European energy law. He has authored and co-authored articles in more than 120 publications. Talus’ work has awarded him with many recognitions, including The Willoughby Prize in 2005, for outstanding article published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.In addition to his written work, Talus frequently speaks at international conferences. He has held teaching positions at University College London, University of Houston and University of Bonn. He is the Editor-in-Chief for Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL), and a member of the Editorial Board for AIPN’s Journal of World Energy Law and Business, published by Oxford University Press. He works frequently with companies, public authorities and governments in various areas of energy law and policy. His recent assignments relate to EU and international law aspects of large-scale infrastructure investments, upstream oil and gas as well as investment disputes.
  • Prof. Sirja-Leena Penttinen, Assistant Director of the Tulane Center for Energy Law, Tulane University 7 - 2 - Tulane $2M - Sirja-Leena Penttinen
    Sirja-Leena Penttinen serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Energy Law at the Tulane University Law School. She has published widely in energy law and policy, such as European Union sustainability aspects and energy, free energy trade and renewable energy support schemes in the European Union Member States. In addition, she has published books and articles on general European Union law.Sirja-Leena has been a Lecturer in European Energy Law at UEF Law School in Finland and a visiting researcher in University of Oxford, University of Oslo and European University Institute, Florence. Besides her academic activities, she also regularly carries out assignments for public and private bodies.
  • Prof. Nadav Orian Peer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Law, SJD, Harvard Law School 1 - Nadav Orian Peer
    Nadav Orian Peer’s scholarship and teaching focus on the law of financial institutions (including banking, capital and derivatives markets), international finance and community development. His research explores the intense framework of governance and regulation that undergirds the day-to-day functioning of financial markets. The design and operation of this framework has profound implications for the distribution of credit and economic opportunity in society. He is currently working on proposals to mobilize the financial system for large scale investments in renewable energy and fair housing.
  • Ivan Bondarchuk, LLM candidate, Tulane University Law School (moderator) Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 8.55.46 PM.png               Ivan is a legal expert in the energy sector, part of the Civic platform “Reanimation Package of Reforms,” and is also the Senior Associate\Counsellor in Energy Law for ILF law firm (PrJSC “Inyurpolis”). He received his Bachelor of Law where he specialized in tax law and his Master of Law, where he specialized in energy law. He received both degrees from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. He is originally from Ukraine and is currently an LLM candidate at Tulane University Law School.