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LAWS6964: Global Energy and Resources Law

2024 unit information

This unit provides a framework for understanding the role of law in: the discovery, financing, development and utilisation of energy and resources projects; energy trading on wholesale markets; mining and resources projects, including competition issues and access to essential infrastructure; addressing potential sources of conflict in the energy and resources sector including in dealing with international trade, native title and other indigenous issues, environmental and corporate social responsibility issues; and current national and international energy and resources controversies. Previous topics have included the role of renewable energy in energy security, challenges posed by energy and resources projects in Africa, conflict between Europe and Russia over gas supplies, energy storage, coal seam gas development, international maritime disputes in Asia over offshore oil and gas fields, corruption and transparency, and the Resource Curse in developing countries. Further information about this unit is available in the Sydney Law School timetable, unit of study outline and academic staff profile

Unit details and rules

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Code LAWS6964
Academic unit Law
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the specific legal issues posed by fossil fuel, renewable energy and mineral resources and their associated technologies
  • LO2. understand the theoretical reasons for regulatory intervention or non-intervention in the energy and resources sectors
  • LO3. compare the approaches of different states to the exploitation of their energy and resources, and the different legal vehicles used to support and control the involvement of public and private capital involved in this task
  • LO4. identify the problems that may arise at each stage of the project development including Native Title, tenure and access issues, environmental approvals, modern slavery and human rights, construction disputes and develop pragmatic legal and commercial solutions
  • LO5. critically analyse the governance of the energy and resources sector both on the international and national scales and consider their ongoing relevance in the context of the energy transition
  • LO6. examine how legal regimes for renewable energy and emerging energy technologies may be evaluated in terms of political, commercial and legal risks, including the risk of international trade disputes.
  • LO7. critically apply the acquired legal knowledge and skills to novel problem scenarios affecting energy and resources projects
  • LO8. identify opportunities to reform the law to improve outcomes for consumers and industry, and create policy and law reform submissions to affect positive change to the energy and resources sectors

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive September 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive June 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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