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Course content

The course provides and in-depth study of the legal aspects of petroleum exploration and exploitation both internationally and in Norway. As such it aims to give an insight into key legal issues and challenges involved in the economic exploitation of petroleum as a limited and very valuable natural resource, especially in light of the financial, technological and environmental challenges this entails in such a complex offshore environment as the Norwegian continental shelf. At the same time, petroleum is characterized by having vital importance as an energy commodity, which has its own very important implications for the law, especially as it concerns marketing and sale.

The main focus of the course is on regulation of so called upstream petroleum activities, i.e. exploration and production, and the general legal premises that apply in this regard, both under national and international law. To this effect, the course both covers the most common contractual and concessionary models in use internationally for exploration and exploitation of petroleum, and gives an in-depth study of the Norwegian concessionary system and the legal premises underlying it. In addition to its main focus on the relationship between the government and private oil companies engaged in petroleum activity under a concession from the government, the course also covers the relationship between oil companies holding such a license or concession in common as joint concessionaires, with a focus on the Norwegian joint operating agreement. Other important issues that are dealt with in the course include regulation of risks posed to health, safety and the environment, and liability issues in the relationship to third parties and the broader community. Finally, the course also provides an overview of the legal framework regulating downstream activities, i.e. marketing and sale of petroleum (especially natural gas), with a focus on relevant EU-law.


For students enrolled in Rettsvitenskap (jus) (master - 5 år): Have you considered a specialization as part of your degree? The course is part of the profile Naturressurser og miljø and Skipsfart og offshore

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Learning outcome

The course aims to provide a basic understanding of the law and the key legal issues relating to exploration for and exploitation of petroleum in Norway and internationally, as well as the main legal framework for marketing and sale of natural gas in Europe.

Admission

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master’s programme at UiO or the faculty's exchange programme. You can also register for this course if you do not have admission to any programme at UiO, but meet the formal prerequistites.

All students are required meet the formal prerequistites.

Have you met the formal prerequisites at another institution than the University of Oslo, and the results are not formally registered at UiO, you must apply for admission to courses at Master’s level . Students with admission to Master’s degree programmes at other faculties than The Faculty of Law must also apply for admission.

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Prerequisites

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Students must fill one of these requirements:

  • Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or
  • Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.

Exemptions from the formal prerequisites will be given to students with admission to the faculty's own exchange or master’s degree programmes. This rule does not apply to students with admission to other master’s degree programmes at the University of Oslo, unless otherwise agreed.

Recommended previous knowledge

Minimum three years of law studies.

Overlapping courses

Teaching

Language of teaching for this course is English. This means that all
communication during lectures/seminars will be in English, and all
literature and auxiliary materials are in English.

Lectures takes place throughout the semester.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Examination

4-hour written examination.

Examination support material

Regulations for support materials permitted at examination for courses taught in English . Please read all three chapters.

Previous exam papers

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Other

The language for this course is English. Students enrolled in the
Masterprogrammet i rettsvitenskap must pass one
English subject as part of their degree, this course will meet these
obligations.

The course does not overlap with, but is related to JUR5430 - Petroleumskontrakter (discontinued) – only taught in Norwegian, JUR5401 - Maritime Law (discontinued), JUR5400 - Sjørett (discontinued) and JUR5310 - EC Competition Law (discontinued). Students who register for Petroleum Law will therefore benefit from studying the above mentioned courses in addition to JUR5440 - EU Substantive Law (discontinued).

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English