Background

Groningen, Oslo, Aberdeen and Copenhagen

The North Sea Energy Law Programme is a dynamic part-time accredited master which brings together the combined knowledge of not one, but four highly-ranked European universities. The Universities of Groningen (The Netherlands), Oslo (Norway), Aberdeen (United Kingdom) and Copenhagen (Denmark) offer this joint degree LLM with and advanced curriculum designed to help participants gain a broader, deeper, more powerful vision of energy law. The programme does not only attract participants from EU countries, but also from countries such as Mozambique, Brazil and South Africa.

Leading experts in the field of energy law provide the teaching sessions which are complemented by the site visits relevant to the topic of the module. The unique structure allows participants to continue full-time employment and enables them to establish close relationships with fellow participants, lecturers and practitioners during those concentrated teaching blocks. Once the four teaching blocks are completed, you will have nine months to write and submit your master’s thesis.

The two-year programme is divided into four teaching modules and a thesis module. A key component of the programme is that for each teaching module the participant spends two weeks in one of the universities and concentrates on specific developments, each with a broad, international and comparative perspective. For each of these two-week intensive teaching blocks, we have cherry-picked the best expertise and specialist knowledge from each particular university.

    • Electricity and gas: Liberalising and Regulating the Market – University of Groningen (Groningen)
    • Upstream Oil and Gas law: Public and Contractual Law Aspects – University of Oslo (Oslo)
    • Energy Investments, Trade and Security – University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen)
    • Green Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development – University of Copenhagen (Copenhagen)


Lifelong Learning Erasmus Programme

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Between 2008 and 2010 the North Sea Energy Law Programme received funding from the European Commission for curriculum development as a Lifelong Learning Erasmus Programme. In the final assessment by the European Commission the programme received the following scores, the highest possible score being ten. The Final Report praises the activities from the partners across the board. From realising the objectives to active involvement of all partners and the quality assurance strategy to project management strategy.

Bar Associations

The Partners of the North Sea Energy Law Programme have close relationships with the national Bar Association of their country. They can therefore liaise with their Bar Associations about the role of the NSELP in the permanent education of practicing lawyers.