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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

    About this paper

    Paper title Energy Law
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.1
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $730.20
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    To be confirmed when paper is next offered.

    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


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system
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