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Special Issue on: Energy Access and Energy Security in the Global South: Pertinent Issues Post- COVID 19 



  • Dr. Victoria R. Nalule, Research Fellow, Extractives Hub, CEPMLP, University of Dundee

  • Dr. Carole Nakhle, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Crystol Energy

  • Prof. Volker Roeben, Professor of Energy Law, International Law and Global Regulation at the University of Dundee

  • Prof. Rafael Leal-Arcas, Jean Monnet Chaired Professor of European and International Economic Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London




Goal 7 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 7) emphasises access to modern energy for all. The achievement of this goal is crucial for the achievement of all the other SDGs since energy is central to economic development. Currently, around 3 billion people (more than 40% of the world population), are still relying on polluting and unhealthy fuels for cooking. 


There are various energy challenges faced by both developing and developed countries. For developing countries such as those in Africa for instance, the focus is on access to modern energy, since over 600 million people have no access to electricity, and around 900 million people lack access to clean cooking facilities.[1] On the other hand, the developed countries are more concerned with energy security – which refers to the availability of affordable, reliable, and sustainable supplies of energy. The energy affordability concerns in developed countries rings true particularly for low income households, who often struggle to meet the high energy prices. For instance, data shows that in 2016, the number of households in fuel poverty[2] in England was estimated at 2.55 million, representing approximately 11.1% of all English households; 42% in Northern Ireland; 35% in Scotland and 30% in Wales.[3] Other developed countries in the EU are also struggling with energy poverty, especially the vulnerable households on low incomes.


The above therefore points to the fact that the low-income people in both the developed and developing countries are still struggling with various aspects of energy access, energy security and fuel poverty. These energy struggles by poor households have been exacerbated by the economic impacts of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Balancing the energy needs of the large number of people in the different parts of the globe post-COVID-19, therefore requires balanced strategies at the national, regional and international level, especially taking into consideration the need to tackle climate change.


Taking stock of the above, the Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy invites scholarly articles for publication in a special issue on the subject “Energy Access and Energy Security in the Global South: Pertinent issues post COVID 19”. The Journal is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that fosters the dissemination of scholarly research work by teaching and research scholars in Africa and across the world in the area of sustainable development law and policy. This special issue will be published in Summer 2021. 


The journal is particularly interested in recent developments in the energy sector in the Global South and other parts of the world, that could inform legal and policy reform in different countries. The special edition will be interdisciplinary, addressing economic and legal issues as related to energy governance and sustainable development.


For guidance purposes, submissions addressing the following issues are particularly encouraged: 


  • Legal and institutional mechanisms that promote fair and equitable exploitation of energy resources and address the social and environmental impacts

  • Legal frameworks for addressing the impacts of energy poverty in both developed and developing countries 

  • Economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the achievement of SDG 7 and SDG 13

  • Local content policies, particularly in the context of the creation of inter-sectorial linkages and spillovers

  • Role of private investors and policy requirements to support the private sector 

  • Energy pricing, subsidies and carbon taxes 

  • Energy infrastructural developments and their impact on achieving SDG 7

  • Challenges and prospects of the various decarbonization efforts in the developing and developing countries

  • National, regional and international strategies to address SDG 7 and SDG 13

  • Nexus between renewable energy, fossil fuels and climate change

  • Energy poverty in developing and developed countries: a comparison of concepts and country experiences. 

  • Energy Justice and Just transition principles and their impact on SDG 7 and SDG 13


Country case studies on any of the above issues are highly encouraged. Comparative studies engaging two or more regions or countries in the developed and developing regions are also of particular interest to this journal.



 Length and Footnotes

1) Papers should be between 5000-8,000 words and should advance legal scholarship and knowledge in a specific area of sustainable development law and policy.

 2) Articles should include an abstract of approximately 250 words that is not an extract from the paper itself.

 3) Details of the author(s) should be supplied as the first footnote, attached by an asterisk to the author’s name.

 Form of Submission

4) Papers must be submitted in Word format and sent as an email attachment to

 5) Contributions will only be considered for publication if they comply with the style guide. All citations should be as footnotes and accord with the Oxford Standard for Legal Citation (OSCOLA).

6) Authors should please make use of the following checklist prior to submission:

  • an abstract is included;

  • headings are consecutively numbered without automatic numbering;

  • headings are not underlined;

  • paragraphs are not separated by a full blank line, but only by an indent at the beginning of the new paragraph;

  • footnotes are consecutively numbered by way of automatic numbering;

  • footnotes are not separated by a full blank line;

  • footnotes appear at the end of each page of the manuscript and not at the end of the manuscript;

  • quotations have been checked for accuracy; and

  • references comply with the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).



8) Only articles submitted on or before 12 noon on 31st March 2021 would be considered for publication in this special issue. All papers should be submitted by email. Deadlines are firm. Articles submitted after the deadline may not be published.


Authors should send their submission to the editor of the special issue at, on or before the deadline. Selected papers that scale the peer-review process will be published in Volume 12 Issue 1 of the Journal. Accepted submissions which cannot be accommodated in the special issue will be placed in the next issue following.  All authors will be duly notified of the outcome of their submissions.



9) Contributions are submitted to at least two referees and the identities of the contributors and referees are kept confidential.

10) Further details about the Journal can be found at:!research-and-publications/c7o1


Questions and Enquiries

All enquiries or questions should be directed to:

Dr. Victoria R. Nalule 

Research Fellow, Extractives Hub, CEPMLP, University of Dundee

Corresponding Editor (Special Issue on Energy Access and Energy Security in the Global South)

Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy

Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria

Email:; with copy (cc) to 




[1] United Nations Development Programme: SDG 7 on Clean Energy. Can be accessed at Last accessed on 20th October 2019.

[2] There is no agreed definition of energy poverty. A household is said to be in fuel poverty if its income is below the poverty line and its energy costs are higher than typical for its household type.

[3] National Energy Foundation, Last accessed on 20thOctober 2019.


The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, Print ISSN 978-0-9920099-0-8


The Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal published by the Institute for Oil, Gas, Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. It is published in June (Spring) and October (Fall) by the Afe Babalola University Press, Nigeria.


Since the first issue was published in 2012, the Journal has gained increased recognition for fostering the dissemination of scholarly research work by teaching and research scholars in Africa and across the world in the area of sustainable development law and policy. The thematic focus of the journal spans across broad areas of sustainable development law and policy ranging from the economic, social and environmental dimensions. As such papers that explore broad themes of sustainable development such as banking, environment, natural resources, public private partnerships, alternative dispute resolutions, peace, and conflict studies are normally given top consideration.


The Editorial Board of the JSDLP is composed of international development scholars and experts from Italy, United Kingdom, Indonesia, Nigeria, Canada and the United States would provide leadership and lend their expertise to promoting the journal internationally.


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Peer Review Process


All manuscripts are peer reviewed prior to publication. The JSDLP utilizes a double-blind peer review process, to ensure originality, scholarly relevance, and readability- which means that both the reviewer and author’s identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process. To facilitate this, authors are required to submit manuscripts that would not give away their identity.


After respective submission deadlines, members of the Editorial Committee read all submissions and agree which should go forward to the review process. Referees are then assigned by the Committee from a pool of referees according to their expertise. Reviewers are sent a manuscript review template (attached), which provides guidance on key review indicators and on how to communicate review results.


The factors that are taken into account in review are as follows:

  • Relevance: Is this paper relevant to the thematic focus of this journal?

  • Originality: Are the results/ideas novel and previously unpublished?

  • Significance: Does the paper canvass and discuss ideas that significantly advance ormove knowledge forward)

  • Soundness: Is this paper technically sound and complete?

  • Are the claims supported by theoretical/ experimental/empirical results?

  • Ethics: Is there any ethical issue?

  • Readability: Is the paper well organized and easy to understand?

  • Language: Is the paper written in correct English and style?

  • Citations: Are all sources properly cited in accordance with the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities, which is the house style for the journal?


Referees may accept the manuscript, reject the manuscript or might require a revision for style and/or content. Each Reviewer will give a recommendation about publication of a manuscript according to the following list of options:

• Accept- No revision needed.

• Accept- Minor revisions needed.

• Major revisions needed- Suggest revision & resubmission.

• Decline (provide appropriate reasons in comments).


After the reviewer’s report is received, the paper is assigned to an Associate Editor for the review/redrafting/editing process, which can be substantial, depending on the article. Upon receipt of the revised article from the author, and after final approval by referees and associated editor, the Editor-in-Chief reviews the paper and makes a final determination on whether or not to include the paper for publication in the JSDLP based on the recommendations of the reviewers and associated editor. The Editor-in-Chief then issues a written confirmation of acceptance or rejection to the author. Once an article is accepted, the Managing Editor will carry out a thorough desk edit and liaise with Afe Babalola University Press/the author/Associate Editor over author queries, publisher proofs and corrections.


The JSDLP strives to ensure that the time between submission and final decision are as reasonable as possible, without compromising quality.



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