Seminar key issues of energy law and industry
The students should be able to differentiate energy-related problems regarding their economic and legal relevance and to assign these to relevant legal regulations. Therefore, they shall be taught the interpretation and application of the relevant legal norms and how to apply these norms on concrete legal cases. In this respect, relevant case law must always be consulted and, if necessary, critically evaluated. Therefore, the focus shall be to apply abstract legal rules to concrete issues to develop legal solutions. On the other hand, especially having in mind the highly dynamic "energy system transformation" (“Energiewende”), individual legal regulations must be critically scrutinized in terms of accuracy and coherence. Recommendations for legal policy action or improvement shall be discussed as well. The students will be given an impression of which aspects of the energy industry are currently problematic or relevant to practice. Overall, they will receive a solid overview and in-depth knowledge of the general structure of the energy industry as well as the systematics and the different regulatory levels (international, European, and national) of energy law for particularly sensitive aspects.