LAWSG086 International Energy Law

LAWSG086: INTERNATIONAL ENERGY LAW
Credit value: 30 credits (15 ECTS, 300 learning hours)
Convenor: Danae Azaria
Other Teachers: None
Teaching Delivery: 20 x 2-hour weekly seminars, 10 seminars per term, Term One and Two
Who may enrol: LLM students only
Prerequisites: No formal requirements, however a basic knowledge of public international law is essential (see Preliminary Reading below)
Must not be taken with: None
Qualifying module for: LLM in Energy Law;
LLM in Environmental Law and Policy;
LLM in International Law
Introductory video Currently there is no introductory video for this module
Assessment
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on a practice examination per term (two in total)
Final Assessment: One 3-hour unseen written examination (100%)
Module Overview
Module summary:

This module examines how public international law deals with energy activities. Part I provides a foundation in the general international law concepts and principles applicable to energy activities, as well as the actors engaged in energy activities. Part II discusses the public international law rules concerning foreign investment and trade in energy. Part III examines how public international law deals with specific energy sectors, in particular the oil and gas, and renewable sectors, including energy activities at sea. Part IV examines how public international law deals with the effects of energy activities on human rights and the environment.

Students are expected to familiarise themselves with the weekly topic in advance in order to contribute to the seminars through discussion and debate groups.

Module syllabus:

Part I provides a foundation in the general international law concepts and principles applicable to energy activities, as well as the actors engaged in energy activities. Part II discusses the public international law rules concerning foreign investment and trade in energy. Part III examines how public international law deals with specific energy sectors, in particular the oil and gas, and renewable sectors, including energy activities at sea. Part IV examines how public international law deals with the effects of energy activities on human rights and the environment. The last seminar is a revision class summarising all these issues through the lenses of energy security and preparing students of the exams.

Recommended materials:

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment.

Preliminary reading:

A basic knowledge of public international law is essential for anyone taking this module. Those who have never studied public international law are strongly encouraged to do some background reading.

  • A good introductory text is J. Crawford, Brownlie’s Principles of Public International Law, (OUP: 2012), chapters 1 (introduction), 2 (sources) and 4 (subjects of international law)
  • A useful refresher for the general principles, discussed in a specific energy context is C. Redgwell, ‘International Regulation of Energy Activities’ in M.M. Roggenkamp, C. Redgwell I. del Guayo and A. Ronne, eds., Energy Law in Europe: National, EU and International Regulation (Oxford University Press, 2nd edn, 2016), and D. Azaria, Treaties on Transit of Energy via Pipelines and Countermeasures (Oxford University Press, 2015), Chapter 1.
  • Watch the panel on ‘Energy on the Move’ in the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law, inspired by D. Azaria, Treaties on Transit of Energy via Pipelines and Countermeasures (Oxford University Press, 2015).