The Institute for Energy and Regulatory Law Inc (Institut für Energie- und Regulierungsrecht e.V.) was founded as the Centre for Antitrust Law in 1986 and is an independent non-profit association for legal research under private law.
The institute’s main research areas relate to the advancement of competition in the energy and telecommunication markets in the European Union and the development of the energy sector in an era of ever greater reliance on renewable energies („Energiewende“). The research activities focus on German and European regulatory law of network industries, energy efficiency and energy climate law, energy contract law and consumer protection law as well as energy antitrust law as a part of general competition law. Telecommunications and railway regulation has also been addressed since 1999. Since 2008, the Institute‘s activities have also included water law.