The latest edition of the Dutch Journal of Energy Law (Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Energierecht) features an article by Hans Vedder on the regulation of smart grids. Smart grids are realised by integrating ICT and electricity networks in a way which enables two-way flows of electricity and a more flexible and "smarter" use of the electricity grid.
As a result, the grid can be managed in a more efficient way. Also, it will be able to better cope with the fluctuating supply of renewable electricity. The article concludes that current regulation is in the way of the transition to a smarter electricity grid. Professor Vedder signals a number of problems related to the current regulatory framework and the management of the smart grid.
Professor of Public Order Law Michel Vols has been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant for his research into the extent to which national and international laws protect people from eviction.
A proposal on the legal constraints and opportunities for the European Union to further its ambitions as an international diplomatic actor has been selected by the European Commission.
Second-year LLB students Reet Varma & Helena Rasch and LLM Public International Law students Jessica Appelmann & Dominique Mollet represented the University of Groningen at the 8th European Human Rights Moot Court Competition.