Energy Law


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

  • The energy sector has undergone a series of unprecedented restructurings, so that could be evoked "the great battles of energy". This change has upset the industrial structure of the sector and has led to a diversification of both actors and standards, the European Union (EU) occupying an increasingly large place. The "market" has also become an important "actor", calling for the creation of regulatory bodies at national, European and global level. The weight of the energy sector in the economy, its dimension at the same time legal, economic and technical make it an increasingly complex field whose development must be reconciled with competing requirements such as, for example, environmental law or competition law

Learning objectives


  • The main principles governing the energy sector
  • The public service obligations assigned to companies in the energy sector
  • The regulation of the sector
  • The control of energy demand and the development of renewable energies
  • The articulation of the energy sector with the more global imperatives of protecting the environment and respecting competition


  • Master the terminology and concepts in the field
  • Apply relevant rules and ways of interpretation
  • Interpret and apply the rules of national, regional and global dimension to the sector of oil, gas and renewable energies, including complex legal feature of the petroleum industry
  • Legal issues concerning new sources of energy especially renewable energy
  • Present and explain analysis of a theoretical or practical problem in a convincing and appropriate manner
  • Present and explain an analysis of a theoretical or practical problem in a convincing and appropriate manner


  • Apply the understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed to international energy corporations, national and regional authorities, and those working in the renewable sector
  • Advise on how to regulate supply of energy, which is both secure and sustainable
  • Advise on legal matters in the oil and gas sectors
  • Advise on legal matters in the renewable energy sectors
  • Advise on legal matters on the renewable energy sector from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states

Type of instruction

  • Lectures

Extent and expected workload

  • 270 hours



Name of examEnergy Law
Type of exam
Oral exam
20 minutes exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleEnergiret
Module codeKA-JU-20-S41
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerLL.M. (Master of Laws)
Study BoardStudy Board of Law
DepartmentDepartment of Law
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities


NB literature will be announced 3 weeks prior to start on semester

  • Talus, K., “Introduction to EU and Energy Law”, 2016, Oxford University Press (selected chapters)
  • Talus, K., “Oil and gas Law”, Oxford University Press (selected chapter)
  • Related conventions and laws
  • Article and excerpts to be announced during class