David Ong's inaugural lecture
'Regulating Environmental Responsibility for the Transnational Hydrocarbon Industry: Continuing Challenges for International Law'. An inaugural lecture by Professor David Ong, Professor of International and Environmental Law at Nottingham Law School.
States have an ambivalent legal relationship with private transnational economic actors generally, and transnational hydrocarbon companies in particular. The home and host States of this industry sector oscillate between intervening to create favourable conditions for investment by these companies, then withdrawing to allow them the freedom to operate, before re-intervening to (try to) regulate these companies when their activities have resulted in social and environmental harms.
This inaugural lecture traces the legal relationships between States and the private hydrocarbon industry with a view to assessing the capacity for public international law to address these social and environmental harms.