NSELP4002 – Upstream Oil and Gas: Public and Contractual Law Aspects

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Course content

The course is part of the joint degree North Sea Energy Law Programme, a part-time programme for legal professionals in the energy sector. The programme is offered by the universities of Oslo, Groningen, Copenhagen and Aberdeen.

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Legal Basis for offshore petroleum activities
  • Production Sharing Agreements (PSA)
  • Licensing
  • Decommissioning
  • Joint Operating Agreements
  • Contracts: General Issues
  • Contracts: Specific Issues
  • Contractual Techniques

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course will have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of the legal basis and main legal aspects of European offshore petroleum exploration and production


  • The competence to acquire, assess and use legally relevant facts and data, law, jurisprudence, research outcomes and literature in the field of offshore petroleum exploration and production

General competence:

  • Competence to participate independently in the debate in the discipline of Energy Law
  • Understanding of  the role of the discipline of Energy Law in society


Admission is only open for students enrolled in the North Sea Energy Law programme: http://www.nselp.eu/

All seminars are mandatory.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Passed Module I of the NSELP: Electricity and Gas: Liberalising and Regulating the Market


Seminars and field trip.

Attendance is mandatory.


Papers and oral presentation.

The NSELP programme is based on a modular system: There are several independent blocks, taught consecutively. Assessments in each block have the same structure and form: papers and oral presentations.
Students write the first paper prior to each block, and the second paper during the two-week teaching period of a block. These two papers will be presented by the students in the class. Students will be required to write a third paper after conclusion of a teaching period.

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.

Facts about this course






Every other spring starting 2015


Every other spring starting 2015

Teaching language