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Short Course: Energy Law

Date: 10 Sessions: 22, 29 September, 6, 13, 20, 27, October, 3, 10, 17, 24 November 2023

Time: 10.00 - 12.00 (UK time)

Venue: Online


Course Outline

Energy law is front and centre to many of today's global crises, yet few understand it deeply enough to be confident in their professional work. The world is facing an array of critical energy law problems, from the Russia-EU energy crisis, the climate change energy transition crisis, the many pollution crises that result from energy-related disasters, and perhaps most importantly of all, energy justice. This course provides a deep introduction to the solutions and challenges of energy law.

Bringing together a distinguished team of experts from academia, leading law firms, and industry, the course provides a well-rounded account of the principal legal and regulatory issues in the renewable and non-renewable energy sector from an international and comparative perspective.

Are our current energy laws and policies strong and robust enough to ensure the global average temperature at the end of the century does not exceed 2°C as per the Paris Agreement? Or do we need to explore a much more diverse range of technological and regulatory options to reduce the amount of carbon emissions, for instance by making combined use of hydrogen and carbon capture and storage technologies? What are the investment implications arising from a changing climate? And what does it all mean for the lawyers at the heart of these decisions and transactions?

These are the sort of questions we will be looking at throughout this course.

Indicative course topics:

  • Energy Law as a Complex System: Energy Independence, Economics of Energy, Energy Security & Environmental Sustainability
  • Carbon Reduction Policies: Law, Prospects and Problems
  • Climate Change Litigation and the Energy Sector
  • The Changing (Legal) Landscape in the Oil & Gas Sector: Legal and Societal Dimensions to the Energy Transition
  • Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)
  • Decommissioning of (Abandoned or Disused) Offshore Installations
  • Maritime Boundary Disputes & Implications for Seabed Energy Investments
  • Role of Lawyers in Energy Crisis and Disaster Response
  • Renewable Energy Law: The Legal Landscape and Future Direction

Course leaders

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides, Research Leader in Law of the Sea, BIICL and Lecturer, Macquarie University and Prof Dr Roy Andrew Partain, Chair Professor of Mathematical Models of Law, University of Aberdeen; Member of State Bar of Texas; Visiting Fellow, BIICL.

Who is the course for?

The course would be beneficial for legal practitioners, students, law academics and non-lawyers with an interest in the global governance of energy and natural resources, environmental law, climate change and energy transition law.

Format of the course

The virtual course format will consist of a series of 10 sessions in which live (synchronous) teaching is offered via Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with the tutors and amongst themselves during the sessions.

Pricing and registration

The course cost is £775 per person (including VAT).

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Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

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Training scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (1 September 2023).

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 20 CPD hours.

A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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