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Freedom of Transit and Access to Gas Pipeline Networks Under WTO Law

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ISBN13: 9781107163645
To be Published: February 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99



Gas transit is network-dependent and it cannot be established without the existence of pipeline infrastructure in the territory of a transit state or the ability to access this infrastructure. Nevertheless, at an inter-regional level, there are no sufficient pipeline networks allowing gas to travel freely from a supplier to the most lucrative markets.

The existing networks are often operated by either private or state-controlled vertically integrated monopolies who are often reluctant to release unused pipeline capacity to their potential competitors. These obstacles to gas transit can diminish the gains from trade for states endowed with natural gas resources, including developing landlocked countries, as well as undermine WTO Members' energy security and their attempts at sustainable development. This book explains how the WTO could play a more prominent role in the international regulation of gas transit and promote the development of an international gas market.

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Subjects:
International Trade, Energy and Natural Resources Law
Contents:
Acronyms and abbreviations
Table of cases
1. The topic and its importance, the scope and structure of this study, overview of relevant theoretical issues
2. Freedom of transit and pipeline gas: overview of relevant legal, political and economic aspects
3. General overview of the international regulation of transit
4. Pipeline gas transit under WTO law: assessment of third-party access and capacity establishment rights
5. Third-party access and capacity establishment rights in light of general principles of international law
6. Freedom of gas transit in the WTO: dispute settlement and/or legislative reform?
7. General summary and conclusions.

Series: Cambridge International Trade and Economic Law