Energy law and international climate change (MFJ310)
This course will introduce students to the sources, principles and rules of international energy law, European energy law, and energy law in some important national jurisdictions, as well as the regulation of both conventional and renewable energy resources, with a specific focus on offshore wind regulations.
Course description for study year 2022-2023. Please note that changes may occur.
This course is taught in three parts between three different universities: The University of Stavanger, Cardiff University and the Aix-Marseille University. The first part of the course reviews the sources, principles and rules of international energy law, European energy law, and energy law in some important national jurisdictions, as well as the regulation of both conventional and renewable energy resources, with a specific focus on offshore wind regulations. The second part of the course reviews the sources, principles and rules of international law and important national jurisdictions in which environmental and technological drivers and issues impact the transition from the current energy regime to a sustainable energy regime to achieve the international climate agenda. Part three of the course examines in detail the sources, principles and rules of the international climate change regime (UNFCCC/Kyoto Protocol/Paris Agreement) and its related legal mechanisms; the legal obligations deriving from the climate regime and how they affect the energy sector (a major source of emissions); the international regulation of renewable energy sources and their support and an assessment of the existing trade barriers raised for the defense of climate change.
Upon completion of the course, students will:
Have an understanding of the rules and principles of international energy law and the international climate regime;
Have knowledge of the complexity that technology brings to combating climate change and technology’s impact on environmental issues
Have an understanding of the economic, political and philosophical context of international rules and principles related to energy, and their application and relevance in national jurisdictions.
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
Explain the interaction between energy resources and the goals set to reduce climate change through technological advances and environmental limitations;
Reflect on various energy law topics and ask critical questions from a legal perspective;
Work independently and carry out an integrated and comprehensive legal analysis of national and transnational energy law issues;
Demonstrate the ability to make assessments with regard to disciplinary, social and ethical aspects and demonstrate awareness of ethical aspects of research and development work;
Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of research, its role in society and the responsibility of the individual for how it is used; and
Demonstrate the ability to identify the personal need for further knowledge and take responsibility for their ongoing learning.
Required prerequisite knowledge
One must have passed a bachelor's degree in law or a degree that combines law and economics. In the latter case, at least 50 credits must be in legal subjects and the Legal Method.
Students are expected to have some prior knowledge of public international law.
Form of assessment
One paper comprising of three questions covering each of the three parts of the course - graded.Counts 100% of the grade. Students will have two weeks to write the take-home paper.There are no limitations on the resources used.