The Advanced LLM in Energy Law is a dynamic part-time, fully-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 an 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 Brazil, Chile, Ghana, Iceland, Mozambique, Norway, and the United States. Many other nationalities are represented as you can see in our testimonials section.

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 modules. Once the four teaching modules are completed, there will be nine months for writing and submitting the Master’s thesis.

Hence, this 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 every two-week intensive teaching module we have cherry-picked the best expertise and specialist knowledge.

  • Liberalising and Regulating the Energy Market – University of Groningen (the Netherlands)
  • Climate Change and the Energy Transition – University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Energy Security, Safety and Investment Protection – University of Aberdeen (United Kingdom)
  • Energy Trade Law and Energy Contracting – University of Oslo (Norway)


Between 2008 and 2010 the Advanced LLM in Energy Law (then called 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 (which translates to 100%). 

The Final Report praises the activities from the partners across the board. From realizing the objectives to active involvement of all partners and the quality assurance strategy to project management strategy.


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Bar Associations

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