This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.
All of the first and second semester modules are mandatory, with teaching methods including lectures, workshops, internships, field trips and talks with guest speakers (subject to availability and potential additional costs).
We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within tutorials. For example, in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ module, you will identify what organisations have done in order to respond to ethical dilemmas and the tensions between conflicting business and social responsibilities, considering such issues as whether revenues should be invested back into the local community.
We will also organise workshops around a particular issue, which you will be expected to prepare for in advance to develop your understanding of a particular subject, such as how can corruption be avoided or how the most adverse effects of economic reliance on natural resources may be mitigated.
One of the most popular aspects of this course is the diverse range of international expert guest lectures, which provide opportunities to learn about real-life legal issues and experiences. In 2016, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione’ in conjunction with the CGE/GLP, British Petroleum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Keynote speakers included: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development from The BP Group and the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, together with the organisation’s Legal Counsel for Maritime Law. Entitled ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the inaugural lecture was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty.