LLM 7102

Oil And Gas Regulations

Course ID
LLM 7102
4 CU

If you’re an educational professional who are looking to progress into management and consultancy, or an educational planning or development role, this is the best degree for you.

Module Overview

Oil and gas production involves several entities, such as the mineral owner, mineral developer and surface owner. The relationships and interactions among these entities often raise legal questions. The course offers an introduction to the basic legal concepts relating to oil and gas exploration and production and an understanding of the characteristics of the key legal devices through which this activity is organized across the world.

It will survey how both states and companies develop the legal tools to respond to key issues and policy concerns. It is designed both for lawyers who wish to begin to develop a specialized competence in the field of oil and gas law, and for non-lawyers active in or in connection with the industry, who need an appreciation of the legal context in which its activities are carried on.


  • To provide students with an understanding of evolving issues in the rapidly changing dynamics of the oil and gas industry, and key legal concepts and processes related to these changes
  • Describe the methods by which the state obtains a financial return from oil and gas operations
  • To explain the specific legal problems posed by the physical characteristics of oil and gas
  • To identify different legal approaches to the resolution of those problems, their strengths and weaknesses

How you study

Lectures, Group discussions and Tutorials

Course Works – 60%
Written Examination – 40%
Total – 100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

1. Compare the approaches of different states to the exploitation of their oil and gas resources, and the different legal vehicles used to support and control the involvement of private capital

2. Analyze the specific issues presented by offshore oil and gas resources

3. Identify the problems that may arise at each stage of the exploration, production and disposition of oil and gas, and to find their legal solutions

4. Evaluate the legal approaches used to any special environmental and occupational safety problems posed by oil and gas operations