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Why choose this programme?

An advanced curriculum on energy law, from wellhead to burner tip, designed and structured specifically for legal professionals in the energy sector. The programme is a part-time LL.M offered jointly by the Universities of Groningen (the Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Copenhagen (Denmark).

Energy law is a relatively new discipline and governs the entire energy chain. It includes all legislation and regulation applying to the production, transmission and supply of energy, the promotion of renewable energy sources as well as the need to secure energy supply.

The energy sector and its legal framework are heavily impacted by ongoing processes such as liberalization, globalization and climate change. The “North Sea Energy Law Programme” (NSELP) aims to address these changes and to provide its students with adequate expertise of all relevant aspects of energy law.

Connections with the energy sector

The programme will have strong connections with both the energy sector (industries and governments) and the faculties of law and energy law of the partner universities. It aspires to set a standard for the discipline of energy law within the broader setting of the North Sea area.

Study at different partner universities

NSELP is a two-year 90 EC executive master’s programme in English. Each student follows four consecutive courses, provided by and held at the partner universities. Each course consists of a “block”, an intensive teaching period of two weeks:

  • Block 1: Electricity and Gas: Liberalising and Regulating the Market – University of Groningen
  • Block 2: Upstream Oil and Gas law: Public and Contractual Law Aspects – University of Oslo
  • Block 3: Energy Investments, Trade and Security – University of Aberdeen
  • Block 4: Green Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development – University of Copenhagen

The two-week teaching periods held at the premises of the participating universities provide a unique opportunity to get acquainted with fellow students, professionals from the energy sector, and the teachers, both academics and practitioners. All courses/blocks are compulsory.

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The final part of the programme is devoted solely to the thesis.

Learning outcomes

The programme aims to enhance the professional career of the students through developing skills, knowledge and insight in energy Law, with a focus on insight in and approach to scientific problems

On completion of the programme, the graduate has acquired:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of Energy Law
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding in the specializations of Energy Law, relevant for law practice, research and European integration
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding in the functioning and workings of all European organizations linked with Energy Law and the interaction between central and decentral aspects of Energy Law as part of international and European Law and the interaction between institutional and material Energy Law as part of international and European Law

Competences

  • The competence to acquire, assess and use relevant facts and data, law, jurisprudence, research outcomes and literature in the field of Energy Law
  • The competence to independently do law research in the field of Energy Law and by this contribute to the process of law giving/development of law
  • The competence to participate independently in the debate in the discipline of Energy Law, specifically between law professionals c.q. colleagues
  • The competence to formulate a complex theory in the discipline of Energy Law and present this theory in writing or as oral presentation, to be clearly understood by colleagues or non-colleagues, at least in English

General academic skills

  • Is able to keep up with and make use of professional literature in relevant subfields
  • Is able to make himself/herself familiar with a subfield of the own discipline within a reasonable time span
  • Is able to formulate a research plan based on a global problem description in a subfield of the own discipline
  • Is able to analyse, interpret, using state of the art information, and draw conclusions from research results
  • Is able to operate effectively in a position in which knowledge and research skills within the field of the own discipline are required
  • Is able to perform in a multidisciplinary team, transfer knowledge to others,give oral presentations, write a report or internationally accessible scientific article, and take part in a scientific discussion
  • Is able to relate his/her own results and conclusions to results already available in the literature
  • Has sufficient understanding ofthe role of the own discipline in societyto come to a well-considered choice and practice of profession
  • Has an understanding of the role of the own discipline in a sustainable society

Orientation in professional directions

  • Knowledge and understanding of the professional Field
  • Understanding of the demands for lifelong learning and personal opinion building, by the permanent and continuous developments of the Energy Law discipline

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