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LAWS425 Energy Law


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 0.1000
Points 15 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $672.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,118.80

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LAWS 201
Limited to
LLB, LLB(Hons)
May not be credited together with LAWS 485 passed in 2010-2013 or LAWS 477 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 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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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41