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Ending Africa's Energy Deficit and the LawAchieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa$
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Yinka Omorogbe and Ada Ordor

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198819837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198819837.001.0001

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Achieving Access to Modern Energy Services

Achieving Access to Modern Energy Services

A Study of Legal Strategies

(p.26) 2 Achieving Access to Modern Energy Services
Ending Africa's Energy Deficit and the Law

Adrian J Bradbrook

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the societal problems and the poverty trap created in developing countries where universal access to energy services does not exist. It relates the efforts made in recent years by the United Nations and other international institutions in seeking to promote universal energy access. The chapter then focuses on the following range of legal options open to the international community to address the issue:• Does a human right of access to energy services exist?• If not, what other international law strategies exist to provide for universal access to energy services?• In the absence of suitable international law instruments, what role can national law play in promoting and/or guaranteeing universal access to energy services?• Is there a role for the judiciary to play in this context?What are the most likely future legal developments in this field?

Keywords:   Energy access, sustainable energy, energy services, human rights, right to development, international law, sustainable development goals, energy efficiency, judicial role

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