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North Sea Energy Law Programme

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The Universities of Groningen (the Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Copenhagen (Denmark), offer an advanced curriculum on energy law, from wellhead to burner tip. The two-year accredited joint degree programme is an LLM, designed and structured specifically for legal professionals in the energy sector and runs between September 2016 and August 2018.

Due to a process of liberalisation, globalisation and climate change, the energy sector and its legal framework is constantly changing. These changes affect the energy industry and the relationship between producers, suppliers and customers. The number of players has increased and the legal relationships between all parties have become more complex. These developments require specialised knowledge of energy law. The North Sea Energy Law Programme aims to address these changes and is designed to equip the participants to operate in this demanding environment.

The programme is divided into four two-week blocks – including site visits – and concentrates on the following developments, each with a broad, international and comparative perspective:

  • Electricity and gas: Liberalising and Regulating the Market – Groningen
  • Upstream Oil and Gas law: Public and Contractual Law Aspects – Oslo
  • Energy Investments, Trade and Security – Aberdeen
  • Green Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development – Copenhagen

Leading experts in the field of energy law, both academics and practitioners, will provide the teaching sessions at the premises of one of the universities. The unique structure allows participants to enjoy full-time employment and facilitates the establishment of close relationships with both fellow participants and lecturers during the intensive teaching periods.

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