The Contours of a Human Right to Affordable, Reliable, and Modern Energy Access

The Contours of a Human Right to Affordable, Reliable, and Modern Energy Access
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Speaker: Marlies Hesselman

Admission FREE, no booking required.

Abstract:

Today, no less than three billion persons world-wide live in severe energy poverty, accounting for 40% of the world population; more specifically, about 1.2 billion persons have no access to an electricity connection , while 2.9 billion persons still rely on solid fuels, such as wood, coal, dung or biomass, to meet their basic household energy needs.

This seminar will outline some of the recent developments which acknowledge the importance of energy poverty as an essential obstacle to securing health, wellbeing and development. It also discusses the importance of defining energy poverty in a comprehensive and universal manner, highlighting what the international human rights framework has to offer in this regard. As such, the presentation considers whether we may see the contours of an emergent human right to affordable, reliable, and modern energy access.

Hosted by
School of Law
Venue
New King's NK1