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LS5076: OIL AND GAS LAW (2015-2016)

Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:38

Course Overview

The petroleum industry brings together the most powerful public and private actors in the form of states and trans-national corporations. Oil and gas law has the task of arranging the resultant relationships and of ensuring that the legitimate interests of each side are protected. Following a series of introductory lectures, students will participate in interactive seminars considering topics drawn from the state control, contracting and regulatory aspects of oil and gas law. This course is available to LLM students on programmes other than the specialist LLM Oil and Gas Law programmes.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Paterson

Qualification Prerequisites


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

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation (Studied)
  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The precise topics included may change from year to year to reflect issues of contemporary relevance, but may typically include – 1. Energy Security, 2. National Oil Companies, 3. Production Sharing Agreements, 4. International Maritime Boundaries, 5. Joint Operating Agreements, 6. Health and Safety, 7. Decommissioning of Offshore Installations.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Energy Politics and Law
  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation
  • Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


First Attempt: One 2000 word essay (25%) and one 3-hour written exam (closed book) (75%). Re-sit attempt: 3 hour examination.

Formative Assessment




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