Programme Overview

two-week intensive teaching modules

A key component of the programme involves spending two weeks in each of the four universities. For each of these two-week intensive teaching modules, we have cherry-picked the best expertise and specialist knowledge from each particular university.

The majority of the teaching days last from 9 am to 4 pm and participants are expected to write a short paper during this teaching period. This paper will be presented and discussed on the last day of the module. On top of that, all modules feature one or more site visits. Examples include an oil platform under construction, an offshore wind farm and an underground gas storage facility. These site visits are designed to broaden the view of participants and relate legal theory to practice. They provide an opportunity to gain a new perspective and increased insight into the energy sector.

The programme overview can be found below. It is important to mention that the total duration of the module, however, is longer than two weeks. The time for engagement includes preparation (reading of materials made available on the online platform CourseSites), the teaching period itself, and writing an elaborating papers during and after the teaching period. Once the four teaching modules are completed, you will have about nine months to write and submit a your Master’s thesis. The programme will be concluded by a symposium where students present their final thesis.

Information on the Timeline and Assessment Method as well as on the details of each module is also available on this website.

University of Groningen

Electricity and Gas:
Liberalising and Regulating the Market

Liberalising and Regulating the Market

Date: 26 September– 8 October 2021

  • Liberalising the Energy Market: Impact of Competition Law
  • Legal Design of Networkbound Energy Markets
  • Network Regulation – Third Party Access
  • Flexibility Services in the Gas Sector
  • Institutional and Organisational Aspects
  • Cross-border Energy Trade
  • Power Pools and Energy Exchanges
  • Consumer Protection and Security of Supply
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC 

University of Oslo

Upstream Oil and Gas:
Public and Contractual Law Aspects


Date: 30 January – 11 February 2022

  • Legal Basis
  • Production Sharing Agreements (PSA)
  • Licensing
  • Decommissioning
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Contracts: General Issues
  • Contracts: Specific Issues
  • Contractual Techniques
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC

University of Aberdeen

Energy Investments,
Trade and Security

Energy Investments, Trade and Security

Date: 19 June – 1 July 2022

  • Energy Trade
  • Investment Protection
  • Disputes Settlement and Arbitration
  • Security of Supply – Principles and Programmes
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Environmental Safety and Downstream Safety
  • Upstream Health and Safety
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC

University of Copenhagen

Green Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development


Date: 16 October – 28 October 2022

  • International Climate Change Law
  • EU Climate Change Law
  • Implementation of CO2 Emission Commitments
  • Green Energy – Regulatory Instruments
  • Renewables
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Comparative Approaches to Offshore Wind Farms
  • Comparative Discussion of Domestic Approaches to Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC