Energy law and international climate change MFJ310
In this course students will be introduced to 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 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.
UiS Business School
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 complex challenges when using technology to fight climate change, and its impact on environmental issues and energy security pose to international law;
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 to ask critical questions from a legal perspective;
Work independently and to 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 to 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 his or her ongoing learning.
This course is taught in three blocks between three different universities: The University of Stavanger, Cardiff University, and the Aix-Marseille University. The first block 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 block of the course reviews the sources, principles and rules of international law and important national jurisdictions where 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. Block three of the course examines in detail 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 are affecting 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.
Required prerequisite knowledge
Students are expected to have some prior knowledge of public international law.
Eksamen / vurdering
A - F
1 paper consisting of 3 questions covering each of the 3 parts of the course - graded. Counts 100% of the grade. Students will have 2 weeks to write the take-home paper.Grade: A-F No limitation on resources used.
Method of work
Lectures on Zoom, seminars on Zoom (case studies where the students prepare in advance and present on Zoom).