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

Liberalising and Regulating the Energy Market

Liberalising and Regulating the Energy Market

Date: 1 October – 13 October 2023

  • Developments within the Energy Chain/Market
  • Liberalising the Energy Market: The role of Competition Law & Regulators
  • Legal Design of Network-bound Energy Markets
  • Network Regulation: Third Party Access
  • Flexibility Services in the Gas Sector
  • Institutional and Organisational Aspects
  • Regulating Smart Grids
  • Market Design Options for New Energy Markets
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC 

University of Copenhagen

Climate Change and the Energy Transition

Climate change and
the energy transition

Date: 21 January – 2 February 2024

  • International Climate Change Law
  • European Union Climate Change Law
  • Green Energy – Regulatory Instruments
  • Renewables
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Regulating Hydropower Projects, Solar Energy and Wind Energy
  • Comparative Approaches to Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC

University of Aberdeen

Energy Security, Safety and Investment Protection

Energy Security, Safety and Investment Protection

Date: 16 June – 28 June 2024

  • Health and Safety Regulation in the Upstream Energy Industry
  • Safety in the Nuclear Energy Sector
  • Environmental Safety and Downstream Safety
  • Investment Protection
  • Securing Energy Supplies
  • Decommissioning
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC

University of Oslo

Energy Trade Law and Energy Contracting

Energy trade law and
energy contracting

Date: 8 September – 20 September 2024

  • Types of Licenses, Concessions and Agreements
  • License and Contract Regimes: Joint Operating Agreements and Production Sharing Agreements
  • State Participation
  • Construction and Services Contracts
  • Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements
  • Transportation Agreements
  • Disputes Settlement and Arbitration
  • Cross-border Energy Trade
  • Energy Transactions on Power Exchanges
  • Power Purchase Agreements
  • Developing Energy Hubs
  • Field Trip: TBC
  • Visit: TBC