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LS552Z: INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION: ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 02 Nov 2022 15:21


Course Overview

The complex interaction between investment protection and the sovereign right of states to regulate has been most acute in the energy sector. On the one hand, investors require strong guarantees that states will respect the “rules of the game” that constitute the basis of their investments. On the other, states can be tempted to interfere with foreign energy investments because of their strategic and social importance. This course aims to analyse if existing investment disciplines and international investment protection framework, are adapted to the specific regulatory risks that investors face in the energy landscape of the 21st Century and how best to avoid disputes and manage them.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Gloria Alvarez

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The rapid increase in the number of arbitral awards in recent years has highlighted the challenge for host states of creating an attractive investment climate and at the same time safeguarding sufficient regulatory space to pursue public policy objectives. The complex interaction between foreign investment protection and the regulatory sovereignty of states has been most acute in the energy sector. Energy investments are capital intensive and characterized with a long-term pay-back period. Investors therefore require strong guarantees that states will respect the “rules of the game” that constitute the basis of their investments. On the other hand, states are tempted to interfere with foreign energy investments because of their strategic and social importance. The purpose of this course is to explore the complex interaction between foreign investment protection and states’ regulatory sovereignty in international investment arbitration cases concerning the energy sector and relating to new and emerging perspectives such as climate change and sustainable development.  This course aims to analyse if existing investment protection standards are adapted to the specific regulatory and political risks that investors face in the energy landscape of the 21st Century. The course concludes by examining the prospects for the future of the international investment protection framework. The course is delivered in a manner enabling the students to engage with the subjects deeply and practically.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 27, 29, 31, 33, 35, 40

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Class Test - Multiple Choice Questions

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
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Learning Outcomes
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Case Note

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Case Note, 700-words.

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Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
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Word Count 3000
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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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if due to extenuating circumstances.

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Course Learning Outcomes

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