Energy Investments, Trade and Security

Module IV – 19 June – 1 July 2022 (Draft programme)

Week 1

Monday – Introduction/General

  1. WTO law
  2. Energy Charter Treaty
  3. Russian Draft Convention and ECS Roadmap
  4. EU-Russia Dialogue
  5. NAFTA (Mercosur) etc

TuesdayEnergy Trade

  1. EU-Russia Energy Trade
  2. Transit
  3. Transit and trade agreements

WednesdayInvestment Protection

  1. Jurisdiction and procedural issues
  2. Interaction of international investment law and European law
  3. Substantive issues, e.g. expropriation, non-discrimination, etc.
  4. Bilateral Investment Agreements

ThursdayDisputes Settlement and Arbitration

  1. Institutions
  2. State – investor
  3. Commercial arbitration

FridayField Trip 

  1. Field Trip to Robert Gordon University – DART Oil Rig simulator

Week 2

Monday – Security of Supply – Principles and Programmes

  1. Introduction
  2. OPEC
  3. International Energy Programme
  4. EU policy and law

TuesdayNuclear Energy

  1. The role of nuclear in supply security
  2. Institutions (IAEA, Euratom etc.)
  3. Domestic Implementation
  4. Radiation protection
  5. Safety and Liability

WednesdayEnvironmental Safety and Downstream Safety

  1. Approaches to Environmental Regulation
  2. Safety in the downstream electricity and gas sector (zoning etc)
    a. Example: Environmental Management Systems
    b. Example: Oil Spill Contingency Planning and Reporting
  3. Critical Energy Infrastructure                               

Thursday – Upstream Health and Safety

  1. Evolution of regulatory models for upstream/offshore safety
  2. EU dimension (Framework Directive, Extractive Industries Directive, Proposed Regulation/Directive)
  3. Comparative Session


  1. Presentation of individual papers
  2. Follow up instructions: preparation of essay and next teaching module

Academic staff

Dr John Paterson

Professor of Law
Theme Leader Energy and Natural Resources, University of Aberdeen, and Partner responsible for the Aberdeen module of the Advanced LLM in Energy Law

Dr Greg Gordon

Professor of Law
Head of School, University of Aberdeen

Dr Daria Shapovalova

Centre for Energy Law, University of Aberdeen

Dr Eddy WIfa

Centre for Energy Law, University of Aberdeen

Dr Gloria Alvarez

Centre for Energy Law,
University of Aberdeen

Dr Beatriz Martinez Romera

Associate professor of Environmental and Climate Change Law
Centre for International Law and Governance, University of Copenhagen

Dr Martha Roggenkamp

Professor of Energy Law
Founder of the Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability, University of Groningen

Dr Catherine Banet

Professor of Law
specialised in Energy law, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo

External Lecturers

Expected speakers from the Energy Charter Treaty, international law firms such as Volterra Fietta, the Scottish government and petroleum industry.

University of Aberdeen

Energy Investments,
Trade and Security