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LS5906: OIL AND GAS LAW PROFESSIONAL SKILLS: EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course allows students the opportunity to deploy the knowledge they have gained in the taught courses on the LLM Oil and Gas Law programme in two intensive week-long exercises designed to develop their professional skills. The first of these involves an insight into the building of a commercial case to farm-in to a petroleum licence whilst the second puts students in the position of state or commercial actors negotiating a Production Sharing Agreement. This course is available to students on the LLM Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills programme.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor John B. Paterson

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

  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course is delivered as two simulations. In the first, the students receive a briefing document giving background information to oil and gas production in a particular jurisdiction. Working in groups, they then play the role of an adviser in an oil and gas exploration and production company, receiving email requests from the VP Exploration to return information and briefings. Through meeting these requests the students will ‘build’ the business case, presenting it first as presentation to a simulated Board and second as a report. They will also analyse certain legal and regulatory issues impacting the development of the business case, preparing a second report. In the second simulation, students will work in groups negotiating the key terms of a Production Sharing Agreement from the perspective either of the state or the contractor. They will receive sessions dealing with negotiation theory and techniques before conducting the negotiation itself. They will afterward prepare a paper reflecting on the exercise and identifying what worked and what they would do differently in future.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 5 Seminars during University weeks 43 - 44
  • 5 Tutorials during University week42

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Report: Individual

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Report: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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Oral Presentation: Group

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Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Reflective Report

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