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Ana Stanic is the founder of E&A Law. With over 25 years of experience Ana specialises in providing advice and advocacy services to States, international institutions and energy companies. She is one of the foremost thought leaders concerning legal issues at the intersection of energy, environment, EU law and public international law.In respect of energy & natural resources matters, Ana regularly advises on maritime border disputes and straddling oil and gas reserves, concession agreements to construct large energy infrastructure projects as well as EU and international law issues relating to EIAs concerning large energy projects including nuclear. She has recently advised on price caps, “rouble payments issues” as well as EU and international law issues concerning Nord Stream 2 project and given evidence regarding the same to the EU Parliament’s Social and Economic Committee.Ana also advises on EU law, particularly concerning energy, environment and state aid, and how it relates to international law. She has advised states and companies regarding energy transition projects. She has acted as counsel in investment treaty and commercial arbitrations for the last 20 years concerning energy matters, including gas price reviews. She was appointed a member of the Court of Arbitrators of the PCA in 2019. In June 2022 she was appointed as an arbitrator and sustainability expert by the EU in respect of disputes with third states. In recent years Ana has sat as an arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations. She was appointed as an EU energy law expert in one of the largest ECT cases.Ana has also appeared before the CJEU and has acted as counsel in inter-State cases. Ana has extensive experience in negotiating international agreements on behalf of States, as well as in drafting laws, having negotiated BIT and FTAs on behalf of Slovenian government.

Expert in these Jurisdictions

England & Wales, EU, SEE. CIS, Russia, China and Nigeria


Ana started her career at the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Relations and Development where she negotiated eleven BITs and FTAs and the Slovenian Central Bank, where she worked in on site bank supervision. After completing her LLM at the University of Cambridge, she worked in private practice in world-leading UK and US law firms (Clifford Chance, Vinson & Elkins, Skadden) for over a decade as a banking, project finance and dispute resolution lawyer. She set up E&A Law in 2007 to advise governments, international institutions and companies on matters at the intersection of energy, environmental. EU and international law.

At present, she is an Honorary Lecturer at the CEPMLP (UK), Technische Universität (Germany) and UIEB (China) where she teaches, energy, arbitration and public international law. She is regularly invited by governments, international organisations and companies to train government officials and industry energy experts on matters of energy law, international law and international arbitration including by UNCTAD, CIETAC and the European Commission. She is also regularly invited by world-leading think tanks and governments to workshops and brainstorming sessions on world political, security and economic developments. Ana is often the only lawyer at the table.

Ana was appointed as a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitrators in The Hague by the Republic of Slovenia in 2019. She was nominated. by the EU as an arbitrator and sustainability expert in respect of disputes between the EU and third countries in 2021.

Ana is multi-lingual and has worked in many countries in the world including in the CIS countries, China, South East Europe, the Middle East and Nigeria

Professional Memberships

Member of the PCA Court of Arbitrators since 2019.

Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and Climate Change and Member of the ICC Commission on Arbitration in Central and Eastern Europe.


1. Brexit and Energy Law Implications and Opportunities, Ana Stanič & Silke Goldberg, Routledge, 2023

2. Energija je lahko razlog za vojno. Lahko je tudi razlog za sklenitev miru (Energy can be the Cause of War but it can

also be the Basis for Peace), Delo newspaper, Slovenia, 4 June 2022

3. Does the Advocate General’s Opinion Provide Clarity on the Validity of Intra-EU ECT Investor-State Arbitral

Awards?, Kluwer Arbitration Blog, 11 December 2020

4. EU Public Policy, Enforcement of awards and Nord Stream 2, a chapter co-authored with Clemens Treichl in an

article entitled The Vienna Propositions for Safeguarding Public Interest, Public Policy, Competition and 5.Insolvency in International Arbitration (Pitkowitz et al.), Austrian Yearbook of International Arbitration 2021

The challenges facing Eastern Mediterranean gas and how international law can help overcome them, co-authored

with Sohbet Karbuz, The Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law, Taylor&Francis online, 30 October 2020

6. The EU's Hydrogen strategy: good start, but only a start, co-authored with Alex Barnes, Natural Gas World - Gas

Transitions Edition, Vol. 1, Issue 7, August 2020

7. Enforcement of Awards and Other Implications of Achmea, a chapter in The Future of Investment Treaty Arbitration

in the EU: Intra-EU BITs, the Energy Charter Treaty, and the Multilateral Investment Court, co-edited by Crina

Baltag and Ana Stanič, WoltersKluwer, July 2020

8. The Commercial Challenges Facing Eastern Mediterranean Gas, co-authored with Sohbet Karbuz, OGEL 3 (2020),

in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

9. LNG and gas price reviews in the EU: Lessons for Japan, Japan Oil and Gas Metal Corporation, April 2019

10. Legal Eagles Focus on Gas, Natural Gas World Magazine, 24 January 2019

11. Review of national rules for the protection of infrastructure relevant for security of supply, Final Report, July 2018

12. Chapter on drafting and negotiating financing clauses in investment agreements in the energy sector, Handbook

on General Provisions Applicable to Investment Agreements in the Energy Sector, International Energy Charter,

Special Paper Series, January 2018

13. Global Gas Perspectives: Will US LNG Remain Priced Out of Europe?, Natural Gas World Magazine, 14 July 2017

14. Security of Supply, IGAs and Energy Union, Natural Gas World Magazine, Vol 2, Issue 11, 5 June 2017

15.Energy Union, Security of Supply and IGAs: Latest developments in EU law impacting gas, Flame, 3 May 2017

16. EU’s Desire to Become Independent of Russian Gas is Unnecessary, Energetika.net, 6 February 2017

17. EU-Russia Relations Through the Prism of EU Law, Global Energy Debates and the Eastern Mediterranean, PRIO

Cyprus Centre, November 2016

18. Overview of EU Energy Law, Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation, Oxford University Press, October 2016

19. MEPs seek ambitious position on IGA transparency

20. Increased Regulatory Risk in the EU, Naš Stik (Slovenian electricity industry magazine)

21. Energy and Environmental Law, Lawyer Monthly, Issue 71-16

22. EU Energy Law: Increased Regulatory Risk and Ways to Reduce It, The International Comparative Legal Guide to:

Oil & Gas Regulation 2016, 11th Edition

23. EU Law: Deterring Energy Investments and a Source of Friction, Austrian Yearbook of International Arbitration,


24. Does the EU nuclear safety directive risk fragmenting international standards World Nuclear News, November


25. Four Lessons the EU should learn regarding Energy Security, Chatham House’s Journal

26. Sprejeta okvirna evropska politika za podnebje in energijo 2020-2030 (EU Adopts the Green Paper on Climate

and Energy for 2020-2030, Nas Stik, 1/2014)

27. Key Developments in EU Oil and Gas Law in 2014, The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Oil & Gas

Regulation 2014 Edition (www.iclg.co.uk)

28. Slovenia and South Stream Project

29. Georgia applies to the Energy Community

30. Europeanising EU Energy Policy, 2011 (5) OGEL

31. A Step Closer to EU Law on the Management of Radioactive Waste and Spent Fuel, (2011) 29(1) Journal of Energy

& Natural Resources Law

Languages Spoken

English, Slovenian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Italian, Catalan, basic: French, Russian and Spanish

Industry Sector Expertise

• Energy and Infrastructure Disputes

• Contract and Shareholder Disputes

• EU Law, in particular energy, environmental and energy transition

• Energy Transactional and Regulatory

• International Trade and Investment Law

• Public International Law including HGA and boundary disputes


Ana has extensive experience in the fields of energy, arbitration, international law, banking, environmental law and climate change law having worked as a lawyer and banker for over two decades across government and major US and UK law firms. She has advised states, leading companies, international organisations and financial institutions including on high-level strategic and geo-political questions.


University of Cambridge

LLM Specialising in EU Law, Public International Law, International Dispute Settlement and Private Commercial Litigation

1996 - 1997

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Bachelor of Laws

1990 - 1994

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance)

1990 - 1994

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