Institute's Daily Chronicle
What is International Energy Law?
Realizing that he had a long way to go, he started to monologue. “Energy Law! (…) International Energy Law! What is the difference?” (Hummmm!!!). Such an attitude was so evident that everyone—he met—became concerned. Yet, the fresh student went down his way.
When he arrived at a street corner, all of a sudden, he saw an old friend talking to someone. After showing usual respect, his friend said to him: “I saw you folk.” Hesitant and a little confused, he went on to ask: “You seemed concerned, what’s the issue?”. “Oh, my dear!” he replied. “I have been thinking about the meaning of International Energy Law. Well! You know, my department is advertising a flyer for a conference on climate change, and it is written that the scholar, who is going to confer, received a Ph.D. in International Energy Law from X… University”, the fresh student went on. Then, his old friend amazingly exclaimed. “I hope you’ll get your answer now! This is a friend who recently received an LLM in International Law”. Instantly, the fresh student seemed amazed, he finally found the law graduate he was looking for. Praising himself for this timely meeting and, yielding to his inclination, the fresh student could not resist questioning him.
Charmingly, but without being ashamed, the graduate student apologized for his unawareness. Impelled by his willingness to conceal the ignorance of his counterpart, the fresh student then did the unexpected, he asked him a third question: "What do you know, sir, about the Energy Transition?" Under such circumstances, the graduate student did not say a word, but nicely bowed and went away.
As a result, the fresh student stood confused, staring off into the last moment as though it did not happen, and terribly bashful for a curious investigator. His friend, the one who introduced him to the graduate student, felt embarrassed after what just occurred.
But the fresh student, as was the custom, kept on saying: “Wow! Are you certain that your friend went to a law school? I suspect he attended the city’s bars and playgrounds rather than a law school. This is so obvious. He barely was able to give a single lead. Indeed, I praise the tolerance of his fellow students for considering him one of them. I also guess that his law instructors were so clement that they merely graded him blindly. Above all, I felt the indulgence of his law professors, the pity they must have shown about his lack of common sense. Somehow! Should I mention the softness of his thesis supervisor?” Then, he sighed suddenly willing to control himself. “This is unfair!” replied his friend. “We both attended the same LLB program. While I chose an LLM program in Public Law, he pursued an LLM program in International Law afterward. Therefore, he worked hard, obtained the highest honor, and his LLM thesis in the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice was published as a reward. He now is a Ph.D. candidate in International Law at a well-known university.” The fresh student was momentarily startled. His aroused curiosity did not get the better of him. Yet, he did not look confused. Both friends stood. It was a moment of weakness.
There, started a long journey…