Master of Laws (LLM) in International Oil, Gas & Energy Law

General

Program Description

Academic study with a strong practical dimension, including input from high profile oil, gas & energy law practitioners.

Improve your career prospects by gaining a Masters from a university ranked Gold under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Course Overview

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Oil, Gas and Energy Law is a course created in response to the growing demand for legal education in this field and specifically in the areas of:

  • The regulation of oil, gas and energy law transactions.
  • Upstream oil, gas and petroleum contracting.
  • Arbitration and dispute resolution.
  • Energy processing and distribution law.
  • The legal financial matrix of the oil, gas and energy sectors.
  • Environmental and sustainability issues.

While primarily focused on the law, the modules of study touch on other disciplines such as finance and policy. Both national and international law are covered, with appropriate attention given to cross-border aspects. The aim of the course is to train professionals in a solid working knowledge of relevant national and international law, as it applies in practice. The qualification will be of benefit to anyone currently pursuing, or wishing to pursue a career in the oil, gas and energy industry, or in the renewable energy sector.

The course focuses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed by national authorities to oil, gas and energy production. Those working in the oil and gas sectors increasingly want and need to understand the legal principles that underpin many of their activities, from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states. This course seeks to introduce students to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.

The programme will look at the upstream and downstream sectors of oil, gas and energy law: The upstream oil sector is a term commonly used to refer to the searching for and the recovery and production of crude oil and natural gas. The upstream oil sector is also known as the exploration and production (E&P) sector. The upstream sector includes the searching for potential underground or underwater oil and gas fields, drilling of exploratory wells, and subsequently operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil and/or raw natural gas to the surface.

The downstream oil sector is a term commonly used to refer to the refining of crude oil, and the selling and distribution of natural gas and products derived from crude oil. Such products include liquified petroleum gas (LPG), gasoline or petrol, jet fuel, diesel oil, other fuel oils, asphalt and petroleum coke. The downstream sector includes oil refineries and petrochemical plants, petroleum product distribution, retail outlets and natural gas distribution companies. The downstream industry touches consumers through thousands of products such as petrol, diesel, jet fuel, heating oil, asphalt, lubricants, synthetic rubber, plastics, fertilizers, antifreeze, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, natural gas and propane.

Course Structure

The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 11th-12th September 2020, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from September 2020 through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, students study the next four 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2022, students study the final two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of International Oil, Gas and Energy law.

Module Choices

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below.

Core Module

  • An Introduction to the Legal System and the Basic Elements of Energy Law

Optional Modules

  • Legal Regulation of Oil, Gas and Energy Transactions
  • Upstream Licences and Contracts
  • Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Energy Processing and Distribution Law
  • The Legal Financial Matrix of the Oil, Gas and Energy Sectors
  • Environmental and Sustainability Issues within the Energy Industries
  • Dissertation

Course Aims

The aim of the course is to train professionals in a solid working knowledge of relevant national and international law as it applies in practice. The qualification will be of benefit to anyone currently pursuing, or wishing to pursue, a career in the oil, gas and energy industry or the renewable energy sector.

  • Deepen theoretical and practical knowledge of oil, gas and energy law.
  • Critically appraise the fundamental legal principles and comprehensive regulatory frameworks.
  • Develop a practical understanding of contemporary issues surrounding corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and compliance of internal environmental law.
  • Expand critical thinking and autonomous learning skills, to enable students to gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest which will enhance employability potential in the oil, gas and energy sectors.

Ideal For

The course is suitable for practising lawyers in the built environment and construction industry professionals, specifically:

Legal professionals:

  • Taxation
  • Contract Managers
  • Distribution
  • Company Secretaries
  • Legal Advisor/Manager
  • Renewables
  • Plus, private practice lawyers, in-house lawyers working in oil, gas and energy sectors
  • From: law firms; government and regulatory bodies; international oil and gas companies; banks and investment firms; national/state oil and gas operations

Non-legal professionals:

  • Non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy industries, in particular:
  • finance
  • compliance
  • Business development
  • Project Manager
  • Environmental positions
  • Licensing
  • Operations
  • Procurement
  • Project Managers

The Accelerated Route

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2020 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2020. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2021).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

Why THIS Course?

The programme of study will develop students' academic knowledge and understanding of the legal rules and principles underlying activities in the sector, and student’s understanding of the practical application of those rules. Students will gain an awareness of the current issues in international oil, gas and energy law, and of the aspects of sector operations which are likely to give rise to legal problems and disputes.

The course focusses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed to international energy corporations, national and regional authorities, and those working in the renewable sector: how to ensure to society an adequate supply of energy which is both secure and sustainable.

This course seeks to introduce students to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.

Last updated November 2019

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