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Energy and the environment

Who owns energy resources? Who has the responsibility to protect the environment when energy resources are exploited?

Norway is a small country rich in resources. The oil industry has been the country’s most important industry since the 1970s, and it is vital to the development of Norway as a welfare state. It is important to remain a reliable, long-term and climate-conscious exporter of oil and gas.

The course in Energy Law gives students a fundamental understanding of the terms, problems, basic principles and legal concepts used in petroleum and energy law. Students will learn about the Norwegian petroleum regulatory framework as well as the international rules concerning jurisdiction and ownership of petroleum resources and EU regulation of the petroleum sector.

Regulating activities and stipulating requirements for safety and the environment are important aspects of petroleum law. This also involves the closing down of fields and removal of installations. The relationship to international maritime and environmental law will also be an important part of the course. Liability for pollution and other harm to the environment and fisheries is another important aspect.