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“From Technical Standards to Environmental Assessments: Risk Governance of the Energy Sector under the Russian and Norwegian Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Regimes.”

2015.09.28 | Mai Korsbæk

Date Wed 28 Oct
Time 14:00 15:30
Location AIAS, Høegh-Guldbergsgade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, 1632-203

Title

From Technical Standards to Environmental Assessments: Risk Governance of the Energy Sector under the Russian and Norwegian Policy, Legal, and Regulatory Regimes

Abstract

The presentation describes an analytical framework developed to understand power relations in risk governance of the energy sector in Russia. I argue that policy, legal, and regulatory regimes play critical roles in risk governance. Legal scholarship has made significant progress in exploring legal issues related to technical analysis, predominately by examining the process of administrative rulemaking. However, with the exception of the precautionary principle application in risk analysis, the social context of risk governance remains largely undeveloped in the legal literature. The two phases of risk governance that require the most attention are risk pre-assessment and risk evaluation. The former focuses on obtaining a broad understanding of risk and on assessing organizational and institutional capacity for further risk analysis. The latter serves as a bridge between technical risk assessment and policy response, which usually takes the form of risk acceptance, risk management, or some combination thereof. Both phases are concerned with ensuring that technical risk assessment is conducted in the public interest and does not fall prey to the power play of a particular stakeholder group. The analytical framework developed for the Russian case is transferrable to regimes where power over decisions involving risk is exercised in a seemingly more inclusive and subtle manner.

 

Bio

Roman Sidortsov serves as a Senior Global Energy Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment and teaches oil and gas development and renewable energy courses in the distance learning and summer programs.  He is also a doctoral researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.  Mr. Sidortsov has taught at Irkutsk State Academy of Law and Economics in Russia and at Marlboro College Graduate School’s Managing for Sustainability program in the United States.  Prior to returning to academia, Mr. Sidortsov practiced law in Russia as in-house counsel for an American non-profit organization, and in the United States as a transactional attorney. 

His research focuses on legal and policy issues related to the development of sustainable energy systems, energy justice, energy geopolitics, risk governance in the energy sector, and Arctic offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction, with a special emphasis on the Russian Federation, Norway, and the United States.  

Seminar, Speech