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Ownership Unbundling and Related Measures in the EU Energy Sector

Foundations, the Impact of WTO Law and Investment Protection

  • Tilman Michael Dralle

Part of the European Yearbook of International Economic Law book series (EUROYEAR, volume 5)

Also part of the EYIEL Monographs - Studies in European and International Economic Law book sub series (EYIELMONO, volume 5)

About this book

Introduction

This book provides the first comprehensive analysis of unbundling and, in particular, ownership unbundling policies from the perspective of international economic law. It does so by focusing on the prominent example of the EU’s energy sector and its Third Energy Package. Unbundling has become an increasingly crucial competition instrument in network-bound industries worldwide. It is designed to ensure access to bottleneck infrastructures on fair and non-discriminatory terms and thus to suppress the anti-competitive potential deriving from vertical integration in natural monopoly situations. While promoting important public policy objectives, unbundling policies have also raised a number of legal issues. This book analyzes how international economic law limits the adoption and maintenance of unbundling and related measures and also outlines how international trade law can play a ‘positive’ role in this field. As a result, it provides a valuable reference for academics, practitioners and policy-makers.

Keywords

Competition policy Competition regulation International economic law WTO law International investment law Third energy package Vertical integration Gazprom

Authors and affiliations

  • Tilman Michael Dralle
    • 1
  1. 1.HeidelbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77797-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77796-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77797-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2364-8392
  • Series Online ISSN 2364-8406
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