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Alan Riley

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., specializing in antitrust, trade and energy law and EU policy issues

Alan Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, Washington DC. He specializes in antitrust, trade and energy law and EU policy issues.

From 2007 to 2015, Mr. Riley held a chair in international commercial law at the City Law School, Grays Inn, part of City, University of London. Prior to that, he held a number of academic appointments in London, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Alan is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Energy Community, which acts as its judicial panel and has its seat in Vienna. It applies EU energy law under the ECT Treaty to Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova and the non-EU Balkan states.

Mr. Riley was founding chair of the Competition Law Scholars Forum (clasf) and is co-editor of the Competition Law Review. He holds a PhD from the Europa Institute, Edinburgh University and qualified in 1991 as an English solicitor.

In the field of energy law, he specializes in legal, market and strategic questions in relation to pipeline gas and LNG.

In the energy field, he is researching a number of questions concerning market liberalization as well as market regulation in both the Russian and European Union gas markets.

He is the author of “The Potemkin Dragon: China, A Danger to Itself and the World.”

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Articles by Alan Riley

Gazprom: The Dark Shadow Over Europe

In the run-up to the Ukraine invasion, Gazprom has conclusively proven that it is not a business but a politico-military enterprise – a central part of Putin’s war-making kit.

April 14, 2022

No, Germany, You Don’t Have to Pay Billions for Blocking North Stream 2

The German government and the EU have very compelling legal defenses against any claims for damages because of stopping the North Stream 2 gas pipeline project.

September 28, 2020

Nord Stream 2: Falling at the Last Fence?

Thanks to interventions by Washington or Brussels, Nord Stream 2 may end up either not being completed or, once completed, find that much of the pipeline cannot in fact be used.

November 20, 2019

Johnson: A Divider, Not a Uniter

Will UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s divide and rule strategy really work?

August 22, 2019

EU: Brussels Needs Real Energy Pro

The CEE countries were left out of all top jobs in Brussels. As compensation, the top EU energy job should be filled by them.

July 29, 2019

Gazprom and the Dead Parrot Argument

Gazprom’s North Stream 2 gas pipeline has not been completed. Now the company wants to sue the EU for applying its own rules and regulations to the project.

July 25, 2019

Nordstream 2: How Germany Lets Down Europe

For all the emphasis on pursuing Germany’s “national interest,” the planned new pipeline undermines the EU, Germany itself and German influence in Europe.

February 28, 2018

The Soft Brexit Option

The advocates of a hard Brexit underestimate the costs and complexity of their favored strategy.

July 26, 2016