Course Details

Energy Law & Policy

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the major legal principles, statutes, regulations and policies applicable to the energy area; explore from a legal perspective some of the significant issues in the energy space today (including climate change); and use the intersection of energy and the law to examine the process by which our society makes major public policy, commercial and individual decisions involving complex issues of science and technology. The course will start by building an energy life cycle around the core components of fuel, electric generation, transmission and use. We will flesh out this cycle by looking at core data that describe where we get our energy, how we use it, and how much it costs to use, as well as what the trends in this data foretell for our future. Next we will identify as many of the major legal touchstones raised at each stage of the energy life cycle as the class knows at this time. Having established an overview framework of the intersection of energy and the law, the class will then shift to digging deeper into the major energy legal touchstones by examining energy from the following core legal perspectives: 1) ownership and common law; 2) applicable statutory laws and regulations; 3) transactions; 4) litigation; and 5) current and future policy issues. The course will end by reviewing student presentations relating to the final class projects, revisiting the energy life cycle, and identifying additional legal touchstones missed the first time around. Student assessments will be based on (i) class participation (40%) and (ii) participation in a final project or paper (60%).

Catalog Number: REGLAW 942-0


Course History

Spring 2018
Title: Energy Law & Policy
Faculty: Cahan, James
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 20     Actual: 9