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Energy Law And Policy

Legal and regulatory framework; Policy development & implementation; Upstream & downstream energy industries; Current International, UK & EU developments; renewable energy issues; nuclear energy.

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedNovember 2011
ApprovedMarch 2013
AmendedMarch 2013
Version No.2

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Aims of Module

To develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of the principal legal and regulatory concepts and arrangements at the UK, EU and international levels; and the relationship between energy and the environment, sustainable development, climate change law and policy.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Critically appraise and discuss the structure of the energy sector legal and regulatory matrix.
2. Recognise, discuss & justify the main legal & policy developments in energy sector.
3. Critically evaluate the effect of these developments on the energy sector.

Indicative Module Content

An overview and general understanding will be given of:
1. Principal legal and regulatory arrangements at the UK, EU and international level;
2. The roles of the stakeholders and key players in the energy industry;
3. The relationship between energy, environment, sustainable development, climate change law and policy;
4. The key current legal and regulatory frameworks for the energy sub- sectors; and
5. The international agenda on energy issues.

Indicative Student Workload

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Mode of Delivery

This module is based on lecture notes, other recommended reading and problem exercises available on the module's Moodle page and through face-to-face class sessions.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3

Component 1 will be assessed by essay coursework (100% of overall grade).

Indicative Bibliography

1.BARTON, B. et al., 2006. Regulating energy and natural resources. Oxford: Oxford University Press. e-book
2.CAMERON, P., ed., 2005. Legal aspects of EU energy regulation: implementing the new directives on electricity and gas across Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
3.GOLDTHAU, A., 2013 The handbook of global energy policy. John Wiley and Sons. e-book
OGEL - Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence;
Journal of Land, Resources & Environmental Law;
Journal of World Energy Law & Business;
Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review

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