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Postgraduate Diploma/LLM in: International, Oil, Gas and Energy Law by online learning

Study for an online distance learning PgDip in just 12 months, with opportunity to top up to an LLM

Course Commences: 27th November 2017 (PRICE FREEZE! Apply by 31 January 2017 to receive the 2016 prices)

Delivered by tutored distance learning

You will be able to choose from the following modules:

The Introductory Module

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An Introduction to the Legal System and the Basic Elements of Energy Law

This module provides an introduction to the English Legal System, enabling non-lawyers, and those without a background in the Common Law tradition, to understand the legal language, nuances and intricacies of the main body of the course.

Topics include:
• The sources of English, European and International Law
• The English court system
• Legal personnel
• Legal method, including case and statutory analysis
• Legal writing, including syllogistic reasoning

Core Modules

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Module 1: Legal Regulation of Oil, Gas and Energy Transactions

This module examines the contractual and regulatory matrix governing the activities of the oil and gas industries. Relevant aspects of national and international law are considered.

Topics include:
• Ownership and regulation of hydrocarbon resources on land and beneath the sea
• International maritime boundaries and development of transboundary resources
• Regulation of health and safety in the offshore oil and gas industry
• Regulation of the protection of the environment in upstream oil and gas operations
• Issues of corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and transparency in the oil and gas industry
• Competition law and the oil and gas industry
• Regulation of renewable energy developments

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Module 2: Upstream Licences and Contracts

Building on the knowledge acquired in Module 1, this module examines the principal licensing and contractual arrangements employed in the upstream stage of production in the international oil and gas industry.
Topics include:
• Licensing, concessions and production sharing agreements
• Joint operating agreements
• Unitisation and unit operation agreements
• Asset sale and purchase agreements
• Decommissioning agreements
• Cartels
• Capacity reservation agreements
• Long term purchase agreements
• Mergers and acquisitions in the energy sector
• Standard form contracts commonly used in the sector (CRINE/LOGIC, AIPN, AAPL)

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Module 3: Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Module 3 provides a broad understanding of litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute
resolution processes, and the importance of ADR to the oil, gas and energy industries.

Topics include:
• Resolving a legal dispute through litigation or arbitration
• Negotiation and mediation as alternatives to litigation or arbitration
• Nature and limits of arbitration
• Jurisdiction, powers and obligations of an arbitrator
• UNCITRAL Model Law and national arbitration laws
• Default and dispute resolution in practice
• Enforcement of awards
• Sovereign immunity of states

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Module 4: Energy Processing and Distribution Law

Module 4 examines the law relating to sale and transportation of hydrocarbons and the
processing, sale, and distribution of products.

Topics include:
• Gas sales and transportation agreements
• Crude sales and ransportation agreements
• Pipelines and pipeline projects
• Shipping agreements and international maritime law
• Co-mingling, allocation and attribution agreements
• Terminalling and processing agreements
• Pipeline tie-in and pipe-line crossing agreements

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Module 5: The Legal Financial Matrix of the Oil, Gas and Energy Sectors

Module 5 examines the legal background to the financial aspects of the energy sectors with particular focus on taxation, insurance, and investment protection. Oil and gas taxation
systems at both national and international levels are studied in detail.

Topics include:
• Investment protection
• Breach of contract, remedies and host government responsibility
• Procurement processes
• Insurance and risk
• Risk and infrastructure development projects
• Intergovernmental and host government risk
• Oil and gas taxation
• Oil industry accounts
• Interest investment and financing

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Module 6: Environmental and Sustainability Issues within the Energy Industries

Module 6 examines the legal responsibility which is increasingly placed on energy
producers to protect the environment and ensure security of the energy supply. Attention
is focused on the principal legal and regulatory arrangements adopted to achieve these goals in  the UK and EU, and internationally.

Topics include:
• International environmental law
• Oil pollution
• Nuclear pollution
• Marine and coastal protection law
• Tortious liability for pollution
• Decommissioning and abandonment
• Alternative energy sources
• Stability mechanisms

This is a perfectly structured course with well prepared materials