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Course Overview

Students will explore the law and regulation which is relevant to innovation across the energy sector (taken in its widest sense). We will consider intellectual property, UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, government initiatives, competition, human rights, and oil and gas licensing. We will focus on the impact of these fields on business, reward, sharing, sustainable growth, energy security, and the relationship between private rights, raw materials and the wider public interest.  Sessions will be interactive and you need not have studied any of these fields before – although we will move quickly. Assessment is by essay, exam and group presentation.     

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Prof Abbe Brown

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Law (LS) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will explore (1) the international legal framework relevant to innovation, with particular reference to intellectual property, and introduce intellectual property rights which are relevant to energy (2) steps taken and encouraged, by policymakers and industry, in oil and gas, low carbon and renewable energy businesses to encourage innovation, and its adoption and dissemination (3) the relationship between frameworks involving innovation and those seeking to protect the environment, in particular the Kyoto Protocol and ongoing activities at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (4) the relationship between intellectual property and the UK and other oil and gas licensing regimes (5) the relationship between private rights, raw materials and wider public interest and public goods across innovation and energy (6) other legal fields which could and do form part of this matrix, in particular competition and human rights, and the existing and possible impact for oil and gas, low carbon and renewable energy (7) the existing and possible links between oil and gas, low carbon and renewable energy practices regarding controlling and sharing of technology and profit, including licensing practices, commons and pools (8) the place of intellectual property in securing investment and building a business.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

28 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: 40% essay (4000 words), 50% exam (1.5 hours), 10% group presentations. Resit: 1.5 hour resit for the examination, to be taken at the next diet. Marks for the essay and group presentation will be carried forward. Where a candidate has failed at first attempt, the re-sit mark will be capped at 09.

Formative Assessment




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