Javier Garcia-Lomas Gago
The EU and U.S. can learn from each other how to improve efficiency and policy.”
Attorney at Law, Perez Moreno LLP; Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Seville and Vermont Law School
Seville attorney Javier Garcia-Lomas Gago has found that an LLM from a small Vermont law school has not only boosted his own career in Spain but has equipped him to engage in his country's energy future.
Javier was introduced to VLS during law school at the University of Seville, home of one of VLS's dual degree programs. After graduation, he began practicing environmental law with his current firm, Perez Moreno, which specializes in land use, energy, and environmental law. When Javier decided to continue his education, Perez gave their blessing and the University of Seville provided a scholarship.
With energy law research already under his belt from his Spanish practice, Javier was a natural candidate to work with Michael Dworkin as an Energizer in the Institute for Energy and the Environment. "It was one of the most positive experiences of my life," Javier says. "I was inspired to specialize even further in energy law. And at VLS I started to compare Spanish and U.S. energy policies-I got the other side of the story."
Spain is a world leader in renewable energy, with a highly developed solar capacity and an even larger wind industry that accounts for one-third of the country's energy production. "But production is different from consumption," advises Javier, noting that Spain must buy nuclear energy from neighboring EU countries to meet demand.
How do Spain's challenges compare to those in the U.S.? "The countries share problems; they just express them in different ways. In my experience, there's a lack of understanding between the EU and the U.S. on energy policy and energy law," he continues. "As I've often discussed with Professors Michael Dworkin and Marc Mihaly, the EU and U.S. can learn from each other how to improve efficiency and policy. It's one of the reasons I love staying in touch with VLS."
Javier feels he can serve as a bridge in this transoceanic energy dialogue. In his more senior position at Perez Moreno, he's working with Spanish utilities and renewable project developers. He's also able to train future lawyers to engage in energy decisions. Javier's firm maintains a tradition of teaching at the University of Seville Law School, where he now teaches administrative and public law courses. The balance of practice and teaching suits him so well that he'll enter a PhD Program in energy law this fall. Meanwhile, he'll return to his U.S. alma mater in June to teach comparative energy law. "It's like a dream come true to return to VLS to teach," he says of his summer plans. And for those who'd like to keep abreast of his comparative perspective on energy law, he's launched a new website, www.energylawtoday.com.