Alan Riley

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(academic, lawyer, journalist)
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BornAugust 1964
Alma materDurham University, Edinburgh University
Member ofAtlantic Council, Institute for Statecraft, Institute for Statecraft/Tor team
Interests • Energy
• European law
• Tax havens
• Shale Gas
• Brexit
UK solicitor/academic who worked for the Institute for Statecraft

Dr. Alan Riley is an associate Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Statecraft, where his specialist area is listed as "EU Liaison Experience"[1] and the role description is "Russian use of the energy weapon and infowar; use of legislation to fight Russian influence and disinformation ".[2] As of December 2018 he directed the IfS's Energy project.[3] He is also a non-resident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council. He has published various papers about law and energy policy. He is Member of the Advisory Committee of the Energy Community.[4]


Alan Riley studied law at Durham University, then obtained an LLM in EC Law from Edinburgh University, concluding his studies there with a PhD. This thesis was entitled A Radical Thesis: Reforming EC Competition Law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1991.


Riley has written for a range of newspapers including the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times. He was formerly Professor of Law, City University, London. Alan Riley has also written a number of academic papers including for International Energy Law Review.[5][6]

He has spoken at CYBERSEC.[7]

He is one of the authors of the IfS' Document:China’s Strategy towards Europe: Implications and Policy Recommendations for EU Security.


Speaking at the Strengthening Europe's 'soft' and 'hard' defence event in March 2019

In 2014 he started Temple Strategic Advisory Ltd with another IfS fellow, Samantha de Bendern. This was dissolved in March 2016.[8]


In 2016 Alan Riley published Brexit: Causes and Consequences with another IfS fellow, Francis Ghilès.


A Document by Alan Riley

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)
Document:China’s Strategy towards Europe: Implications and Policy Recommendations for EU Securityanalysis, policy recommendations26 December 2018China
21st century


Events Participated in

Russia’s Strategy on NATO'S Eastern and Southern Flanks27 January 2017 09:30:0027 January 2017 16:30:00Barcelona Centre for International AffairsA CIDOB/The Institute for Statecraft/NATO meeting
Strengthening Europe's 'soft' and 'hard' defence25 March 2019 13:00:0025 March 2019 17:00:00Netherlands
The Hague
Clingendael Institute
Chatham House rule meeting with organised by the Institute for Statecraft and the Clingendael Institute.
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