Spring 2020
5234 Shale Gas & LNG - SAKMAR- 19529

Professor(s): Susan Sakmar (VISITING)

Credits: 2

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 
International Law

Time: ARRANGED    Location: 215  TUII

Course Outline: This course explores the myriad of legal, policy and environmental issues pertaining to global natural gas markets with a particular focus on global shale gas development and the development of LNG import and export projects around the world, including recent developments in US LNG export projects. This semester will be particularly interesting, as we will discuss the role of natural gas and LNG in the current low-oil price environment.
The first half of the semester will explore the growing role that natural gas will play around the world in the context of global shale gas development. By most accounts, shale gas development in the United States has been a “game changer” that could be replicated around the world so long as the right regulatory and environmental frameworks are put in place. This course will explore the existing regulatory and environmental frameworks for shale gas, especially those in the United States, as well as frameworks being developed around the world with the objective of exploring the substantive law of shale gas development as well as developing the analytical and practical skills necessary to the practice of law.
The second half of the semester will explore the growing role that LNG is expected to play as the “glue” linking global gas markets. The course will explore the opportunities and challenges for various LNG import and export projects around the world in the current contextual reality wherein energy law and policy are increasingly intersecting with environmental law and geopolitics. Particular focus will be on recent policy and regulatory actions taken with respect to US LNG exports.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: Quota = 30  This course will meet on the following Fridays & Saturdays :
Friday January 24 - 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday January 25 - 10:00 to 1:00
Friday February 21 - 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday February 22 - 10:00 to 1:00
Friday March 20 - 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday March 21 - 10:00 to 1:00
Friday April 17 - 1:00 to 4:00
Saturday April 18 - 10:00 to 1:00


First Day Assignments: 1st Research Assignment

Final Exam Schedule: Paper      

This course will have:
Exam: No
Paper: Yes

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election:

Course Materials (10/22/2019 12:26:48 PM)

Book(s) Required

Susan L. Sakmar, Energy for the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) (2013). The book is available for direct purchase in hard back or paperback (a less expensive option) from the publisher at www.e-elgar.com. (ISBN-13: 978-1782544234 ISBN-10: 1782544232).