Summer School on EU Energy Law and Policy, 25-31 May 2017, Italy

Publish Date: Dec 23, 2016

Deadline: Jan 16, 2017


During the six day, two-part residential training, participants will gain a sound knowledge of and critical insight into recent developments in EU energy law and policy, and a better understanding of the market and economic principles which underpin legal provisions. The course will examine the ambitions of the European Energy Union and how these will be realised in practice, exploring the legal framework behind the objectives alongside in-depth studies on the future role of energy consumers and the impending challenges for conventional as well as renewable energy producers and other market players.

Key topics

Realising the EU’s Energy Union

  • The European Energy Union: The Legal and Policy Framework
  • Applying the Rules in Practice

A Whole Systems Approach’- The Electrification of Transportation?

  • E-Mobility
  • De-carbonising Transport


The creation of a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy is a key ambition for the current European Commission, to support the transition to a secure and competitive low-carbon economy by 2050. At present, the European Union and its Member States are obliged to increase the share of renewable energy in electricity production by 20% and, in the transport sector, to 10% by 2020. But our markets and institutions are, to a large extent, constructed for conventional energy sources and conventional forms of transport. The challenge is to make markets fit for higher shares of RES and integrate renewable energy into transport markets, through the electrification of transport. The Commission’s legislative proposals on its new market design and its Renewable Energy Package, foreseen for late 2016, are the legislative tools to address them. 2017 is set to be a critical year for the implementation of the Resilient Energy Union and its Climate Change Policy packages and, in the 2017 Summer School we will explore the legal framework in which these packages must be realised. We will consider the ambitions of the Union and how these will be realised in practice, alongside in-depth studies on the future role of energy consumers and the challenges for conventional as well as renewable energy producers and other market players.

After 2020, the EU as a whole will move to a target of 27% for RES produced energy but the 2030 climate and energy targets do not embrace a new target for RES in transport and the past success rate in view of achieving the 10% target is low. What are the options for moving to a more ambitious policy on transport? What are the legal barriers? What legal instruments are available to pursue a more ambitious ‘whole systems’ policy?

The Approach

The 2016 Summer School is based on an ‘active learning’ method which is now well established in leading US law schools. Our approach comprises a combined online case study with daily expert lectures, and is aimed at providing participants with a deeper knowledge and insights into the various topics discussed at the Summer School sessions. Each case study is based around the topics to be discussed on each day of the Summer School.

Active learning through the case study approach ensures that the daily sessions at the Summer School are interactive. Course participants will not only have the chance to listen to leading experts, but will also have extensive opportunities to work in teams to apply the knowledge gained at the daily sessions. Individual teams (working both online and on-site) prepare short, topical case studies and present these for discussion and debate at a dedicated daily session. Each case study is designed to explore how complex and often abstract European energy law principles can be applied in daily practice.

We will provide online training materials in advance of the residential Summer School which are designed to equip participants with a basic knowledge of the issues raised in the case study. In particular, online videos and podcasts aimed at giving further insights into the topics to be studied, as well as online guidance on how to approach and prepare case studies, will be made available to all registered participants through our dedicated online platform in early May 2016.

Course Directors

Leigh Hancher is Professor of European Law at Tilburg University, part-time Professor at the Florence School of Regulation (EUI), and Of Counsel at the Amsterdam office of Allen & Overy LLP. She is an internationally renowned EU law expert and has counselled firms in a broad range of procedures. She has regularly acted as an adviser to the European Commission and the European Parliament on energy law issues. In addition, Professor Hancher regularly contributes to leading journals, has directed several research projects, and is the author of numerous titles, including EU State Aids, 4th edn (Sweet & Maxwell 2012), Capacity Mechanisms in the EU Energy Market (OUP 2015), and EU Energy Law: EU Competition Law and Energy Markets Volume II (Claeys & Casteels 2016).

Dörte Fouquet is Partner at Becker Büttner Held (BBH), Brussels Office, and specialises in EU law and international legal relations, with focus on competition, infrastructure, energy and environment. Dörte advises companies, finance institutions, associations, governmental agencies in Germany and other EU Member States, EU institutions and on international level. Prior to joining BBH in 2011, she was Partner at Kuhbier and before that, she worked for the Ministry for the Environment and Energy in Hamburg and Liaison office of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to the European Commission in Brussels. Dörte holds PhD in law from the University of Hamburg.


General fee: € 4,500

For donors, National Regulatory Authorities and academics: € 3,500

For PhD students; € 1,000

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