Stephen Dow

Senior Lecturer in Law

Energy Environment and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

CEPMLP, Energy Environment and Society

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Stephen Dow, LLB (Hons), LLM, DipLP, is Senior Lecturer in Energy Law. A qualified solicitor, following a period in private practice he took a Masters degree at the Centre, working on post-privatisation regulation of energy industries, before being appointed to the Centre in 1994.

In addition to working on legal aspects of stranded investment in the energy sector, his research interests include oil and gas law. He is the Co-Director of the Centre's successful United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law seminar. He has an interest in financing of energy projects, and teaches the Centre's course on Transnational Natural Resource and Energy Finance, particularly as projects are built in transition and developing economies. He is co-director of the Centre's Energy Finance seminar.

Stephen Dow is responsible for three other courses offered by the Centre, Downstream Energy Law and Policy; United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law; and European Community Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy, a course supported by the Jean Monnet Project of the European Commission. He is the ERASMUS programme coordinator for the Centre.


His current research interests are in liberalisation and privatisation of electricity and gas industries. He has served as a consultant to the Parliament of Ukraine as the forthcoming electricity reform law was developed, advising as the draft law was refined into line with the practical reforms towards a liberalised electricity market. He is writing on the regulatory and legal needs for electricity sector reform in transition economies.

Stephen Dow is also involved in research into proposed reforms of the electricity market in China, and has recently been awarded funding from the Nuffield Foundation. He also continues to study developments in the UK energy markets, particularly in the run-up to the introduction of full competition in electricity and gas supply in 1998, and continues to serve as Current Survey Editor of the Utilities Law Review.

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Areas of expertise

  • Energy