Case Study (Energy Security and International Organizations)



Credits / Language / Semester

2Credits / English / Winter


Develop the roles of the selected international energy related organizations to enhance affordable and sustainable supply. The examples of these organs are IEA, OPEC, IEF, IAEA, NEA-OECD, Energy Charter, UN-UNIDO, IRENA, UNFCCC, EU, ASEAN, APEC, WB, IMF, ADB, etc. Any other major energy players can be played. Students, individually or in a group, are asked to pick up one of the agency and to play a role of the Secretary General of the organization through the whole semester. Discuss the selected energy issues from different perspectives. Try to identify necessary conditions for global energy governance in the 21st Century.


Energy Security, international organization, global governance, public policy, crisis management


1. Role of international bodies in energy policy. Pick up the organization. Examples are global oil related IEA, OPEC, IEF: nuclear related IAEA, NEA-OECD; renewable IRENA, coal GCCSI, investment and transit related Energy Charter: UN bodies UN-UNIDO, UNFCCC, WTO; regional EU, ASEAN, APEC,NAFTA, AU; financial bodies WB, IMF, ADB, G20, G8, etc.

( Issues for discussion )
2.Oil Market stabilization. Who is responsible for what? IEA-IEF-OPEC.
3. Economic Growth and Energy Demand. UN’s Energy for All. Financial tools by WB, ADB etc.
4. Shale revolution. Gas market and Russia vs EU. Energy Charter as free-transit.
5. Coal market. Clean Coal possible? Australia and GCCSI. UNFCCC’s CDM.
6. Climate Change Implication. UNFCCC’s ambition.
7. Is Renewable energy the solution? IRENA. EU 20-20-20 target.
8. Is Nuclear still a part of solution? Nonproliferation and safety. IAEA, NEA-OECD
9. Energy Efficiency. G20 targets subsidy. Experiment of IPEEC at IEA. EU target.
10. Potential Energy Technologies. IRENA and IEA’s role sharing. EU framework programs. GCCSI.
11. EU model of Collective Energy Security and Sustainability. Grid & Pipeline Interconnection.
12. Energy, Environment and Trade at WTO
13. Idea for Global Energy Governance

Teaching Methods

After short lectures about the subject of the day, participants are asked to role-play heads of International Organizations. Invited lecturer may add some specific inputs for selected issues.


30% by Class participation, attendance, Q&As, debates. 70% by a group or individual power point presentation about the future role of the selected international organizations in the global energy governance to the end of the term.

Required Textbooks

Power-point slides are prepared.

Reference Books

International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2013

Notes on Taking the Course

“Energy Security” (Jissenkamoku) is recommended to those who take this case-study. You can take both courses in the same semester.

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