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LAWS425 Energy Law

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Legal framework for minerals ownership, access and exploitation, governance of the electricity and gas industries; energy contracts; environmental issues for energy participants including the emissions trading scheme.

This paper will consider:

  • The legal framework for minerals exploitation
  • Governance of the electricity and gas industries
  • Environmental issues for energy participants, including the emissions trading scheme

Paper title Energy Law
Paper code LAWS425
Subject Law
EFTS 0.1
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $679.70
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,212.40

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LAWS 201
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS485 passed in 2010-2013 or LAWS477 passed in 2014.
Teaching staff

Professor Ceri Warnock

Course materials are provided by the Faculty.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Understand the structure of the energy industry in New Zealand
  • Identify and be able to critique the main regulatory approaches used in governing the NZ energy industry
  • Identify the main challenges facing the regulation of the energy industry
  • Have gained experienced in researching, evaluating and critiquing the complex case law, legislation and policy documentation prevalent in this field
  • Have practised formulating and testing complex legal arguments
  • Have experienced working with colleagues to formulate solutions to the problems set

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Not offered in 2021, expected to be offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system