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    January, September

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    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

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    30 October 2019

The specialist LLM course in International Energy Law and Regulation gives students a unique opportunity to study sustainable use and trade in energy resources. Climate change makes the study of these vibrant and dynamic sectors of the global economy all the more pressing.

Who is it for?

The specialism in International Energy Law and Regulation will appeal to students at all stages of their career and from around the world who have an interest in the energy sector from a global perspective. It will enable you to develop your career in private commercial practice, as in-house counsel in the energy sector or to embark on policy-oriented careers in government or the private sector.


The International Energy Law and Regulation specialist LLM is one of very few LLMs in the UK and elsewhere which provide you with an in-depth and comprehensive study of energy law and regulation. Other than coverage of widely discussed sources of energy, such as oil and gas, the course also addresses issues around the renewable and low carbon sector. The modules on offer will touch on the practical aspects of energy contracts, the regulation of the energy sector, the geo-political issues arising from the exploitation of energy and the resolution of international energy disputes.

You will have an opportunity to study how international public and private law intersect to ensure that energy resources are lawfully protected, exploited and traded. Equally crucially is an exploration of how the law provides for the sustainable development of energy resources, globally and nationally. From a commercial standpoint, you will be introduced to various energy related contractual arrangements including licensing, exploration, production sharing, financing, transportation and refinery activities. For students who are interested in the dynamics of international litigation and dispute resolution in this highly sensitive sector of the industry, you may choose also to study international rules relating to jurisdiction, choice of law and arbitration, including the developing system under the Energy Charter Treaty. Some students may find competition law to be a good complementary module for the diet - the energy sector is subject to competition law in many jurisdictions.

Academic facilities

  • City, University of London invested in a new, state-of-the-art home for The City Law School. Based at Sebastian Street, the building will bring together all of our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes into a single hub of legal expertise.
  • Staff, student spaces and facilities including the law specific library and mock court room are now housed in the contemporary space, close to law firms and chambers and perfectly placed to enable students to access other university services.
  • As a City Law School student you will benefit from everything City, University of London has to offer including the Learning Success department and Lawbore, an online resource designed to help you find the information you need for the course modules. All course modules have online depositories through Moodle.
  • As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.
  • You will benefit from City, University of London’s extensive library of hard copy and electronic resources, including its comprehensive database of domestic and international Case law, legislation, treaties and legal periodicals.

Teaching and learning

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies.


Assessment is generally by way of coursework which comprises 100% of the final mark in each module. However there are a couple of modules which are assessed by filmed assessment. Each module carries the same weight in terms of the overall qualification. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help them develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.


As with all Master of Laws (LLM) specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words).

All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year.

If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes.

In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least three modules from within this specialism and write your dissertation on a subject within the specialism.

Specialism modules

Choose from the following 30-credit modules:

  • International Energy Disputes
  • Energy, Sustainability and Security
  • International Law of the Sea
  • Low Carbon Energy: Policy & Regulation
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Public International Law
  • Foundations of Competition Law

For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 50 modules covering a diverse range of subjects.

Career prospects

It is an important objective of this course to assist individual students who wish to build effective careers in managing and conducting civil cases, whether through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or mediation.

With so much competition for those seeking to enter and develop a career in the legal profession, this Master of Laws (LLM) is designed to provide a depth of understanding and a range of skills that can make a real difference in building your career.

As a graduate of this specialist Master of Laws (LLM) programme you will be well placed to pursue careers in this area of law in private practice, in-house in a law firm, policy and government, non-governmental organisations and a wide range of non-legal careers in litigation and dispute resolution.

The City Law School has a vibrant Pro Bono programme including our award-winning commercial law clinic for tech start-ups Start-Ed.

Students who complete the Master of Laws (LLM) in International Energy Law and Regulation may wish to continue their academic studies by enrolling in a PhD offered by The City Law School.

Visit the International Energy Law and Regulation - LLM page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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