Technische Universitaet Berlin
Germany is home to the largest energy sector in Europe and a forerunner in renewable energy deployment. Where else would you study energy law but in Germany’s capital?
Since 2014, Technische Universität Berlin has offered the advanced Master of Business Law “European and International Energy Law” on the EUREF Campus in the center of Berlin. The course offers lawyers, legal practitioners and economists a unique opportunity to gain expertise in the field of international and European energy law.
Students will become acquainted with the technical and economic foundations of energy markets as well as all areas of law relevant for the value chains in the electricity and gas sector. The curriculum covers competition law, regulatory law and economic fundamentals inter alia.
Lecturers come from the international community (Germany, USA, UK, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium) and cover expertise in all relevant areas of energy regulation such as universities, European and national authorities (European Commission and National Regulatory Authority), international and national energy companies, major law firms, and courts.
The Academic Program Director is Professor Dr. iur. Dr. rer. pol. Dres. h.c. Franz Jürgen Säcker, editor and author of leading publications in the field of energy law. He is editor and co-author of the large-scale academic work “Berlin Commentary on Energy Law” (“Berliner Kommentar zum Energierecht”), which encompasses 4 volumes and more than 12.000 pages.
Among many different fields of law, energy law is on the rise. Global climate change and related policy transitions translate into many areas of law: State aid and renewable energy promotion, emission trading systems, the legal framework for grid operation, and the digitalization of the energy sector. To understand energy law is to grasp the technical and economic foundations underlying it.
Energy law is not only interdisciplinary in a classical sense, but it is also a true legal hybrid: At the challenging intersection of public and private law, competition and regulatory law, energy law spans across the national, European and international level.
Our master program gives lawyers and economists an excellent understanding of the complexities and intersections of the energy sector. The program gives students and future employees a distinctive profile and qualifies them for responsible positions in the energy sector. Small groups of up to 30 students allow for effective learning and vivid discussions.
Regular excursions to relevant institutions and infrastructure operators are tightly built into the program’s schedule. We believe hands-on experience strengthens the learning process and prepares students for their future employments. Some of our excursions include visits to EEX in Leipzig, the largest electricity stock exchange in continental Europe, to the energy intensive undertaking AURUBIS in Hamburg, and to the photovoltaics manufacturer ALEO Solar in Prenzlau.
The master program is taught over a period of two semesters and divided into six modules. The first three modules are dedicated to the fundamentals of energy regulation. The general legal framework and the economic characteristics of electricity and gas regulation will be taught. Students will become acquainted with the fundamentals of energy regulation to deepen their knowledge.
In the last three modules, energy law will be taught in depth. Legal provisions are conveyed along the value chain ranging from production, transmission and distribution to trade and supply. Each of these three modules is dedicated to one stage of the energy value chain: The 4th module is dedicated to the generation stage, the 5th module to the grid operation stage and the 6th module to energy trade and supply. The master thesis due in the second semester concludes the program.
About Technische Universitaet Berlin
The internationally renowned Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) is located in Germany's capital city at the heart of Europe. The academic activities are focused on achieving sharply-defined goals: building a distinctive profile for our university, ensuring exceptional performance in research and teaching, providing our graduates with excellent qualifications and a modern approach to university administration.
The TUB strives to promote the dissemination of knowledge and to facilitate technological progress through adherence to the core principles of excellence and quality. Strong regional, national and international networking with partners in science and industry are an important aspect in these endeavors.
TUB is an internationally renowned research-intensive university dedicated to promoting science and technology for the benefit of broader society and committed to the principle of sustainability. The challenges and problems facing modern societies cannot be met on the basis of findings from individual disciplines. TUB is addressing these challenges with the aid of transdisciplinary collaborative projects.
The establishment of important research partnerships in the context of the Excellence Initiative, the German Research Foundation (DFG) and European Institute for Innovation and Technology, in addition to constantly increasing third-party funding for the research projects, demonstrate the dynamic developments in this area.
Prestigious science prizes and awards make these successes even more obvious; these include Alexander von Humboldt Chairs, Einstein Chairs, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prizes, and numerous grants from the European Research Council. Research for Innovation - a credo that TUB impressively implements. Its extraordinary profile as a technical university in association with its humanities, social, planning and economic sciences programs is indeed an excellent breeding ground for strong interdisciplinarity. By combining basic and applied research endeavors, and with close links to partners in science and industry, university researchers tackle societal issues and develop forward-looking solutions.
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