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Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University is to launch an LLM in international energy, designed to prepare students for future careers in the mining and petrol industries.
The law school will start teaching the degree from next January as a distance learning programme and will launch it as a full-time and part-time course in October 2014.
The course will cover environmental and climate change legislation and will have a dual focus on traditional energy sources such as oil and gas as well as renewable energy.
Nottingham Law School aims to target students from countries with booming energy markets, such as Arab states, Eastern Europe, Ghana and Nigeria.
The degree will be led by Professor David Ong, a former technical expert for the United Nations.
He said: “This newly validated LLM degree scheme will focus on this burgeoning area of economic activity. The core modules are designed to ground the student in international investment law and international environmental law relating to the petroleum and mining sectors. Study will also cover most aspects of the regulatory and commercial world relating to the international energy industry.”