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LS5594: DOWNSTREAM ENERGY LAW (2017-2018)

Last modified: 27 Feb 2018 11:43


Course Overview

The transport and supply of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) and electricioty is essential for modern civilisation. IF energy cannot get to the consumer, then energy security is threatened and economic development may be restricted.

These challenges are impotant in the context of the liberalisation of these sectors, especially the restructuring of these industries from monopolies to competitive markets. This course explores the law and policy framework governing the movement and distrtibution of energy, particulalry within a liberalised market, in an era of climate change. Topics covered include market liberalisation, energy security, gas sales and transport, and market regulation.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Tina Hunter

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Law (LS) (Studied) or MSc Energy Politics and Law

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in International Law and Strategic Studies (Studied)
  • Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in International Law and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Electricity and natural gas are network-related industries. The supply of these energy sources to end consumers therefore presents specific regulatory challenges. These challenges are of particular importance in the context of the liberalisation of these sectors, i.e. the restructuring of these industries from monopolies to competitive markets. Will liberalised electricity and gas markets ensure security and reliability of energy supply? Will consumers be adequately protected against potential abusive behaviour of dominant market players? Is liberalisation compatible with the objectives of decarbonisation and environmental protection? The purpose of this course is to explore the law and policy framework governing energy supply in a liberalised market environment. Special attention is paid to the liberalisation experience in the European Union and to a certain extent the US and other developed and developing jurisdictions (case studies).

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Energy Politics and Law

Contact Teaching Time

20 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

First attempt:

  • 60% 3 hour examination,
  • 10% online assessment task (short answer) and
  • 30% individual 2500 word essay.

 

Resit:

  • 3 hour examination.

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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