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Master in European and International Energy Law (MBL)

By Dr. Carsten König

European and International Energy Law

European and International Energy Law An affordable, secure and sustainable energy supply is crucial for economic growth and employment. Energy is vital for lighting, heating and transportation, and is a prerequisite for almost every economic activity. Due to development and growing populations, the world is facing a rising demand for energy, which leads to scarcer fuels and higher prices. The energy industry severely contributes to global warming and pollution, and thereby endangers the lives and well-being of many people. In order to overcome these challenges, many states worldwide work on transforming their energy sectors. They adopt legal frameworks that aim at increasing the share of renewable energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and decrease fossil fuel dependence. At the same time, they seek to ensure the reliable provision of energy as well as competitive markets and affordable prices.

In its energy strategy for 2030, the European Union (EU) pledged to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 % compared to 1990, to increase the share of renewable energy to at least 27 % of consumption, and to improve energy efficiency by at least 30 %. Furthermore, the EU works hard on completing its internal energy market, and seeks to decrease its dependency on energy imports, which still amount to more than half of all the energy consumed in Europe, resulting in costs of more than 1 billion EUR per day.

The energy transition or ‘Energiewende’, as it is famously called in Germany, leads to a vast amount of legal questions. New legislation is to be drafted, implementing regulations must be adopted, newly created businesses need counselling, and contracts must be changed. With the energy sector growing increasingly complex, legal frameworks become more and more complicated as well. Thus, while the energy transition may be challenging, it also provides numerous job opportunities for students and young professionals who are interested in law and the legal profession.

To prepare students from various backgrounds for solving legal questions and controversies they will be facing when pursuing a career in the energy sector, the Technische Universität Berlin and the internationally renowned energy law expert Prof. Dr. Dr. Dres. h.c. Franz Jürgen Säcker specifically designed the one-year master program “European and international energy law”. The program, which is taught by leading experts from universities, competition and regulatory authorities, law firms and the energy industry, provides students with a unique opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge about the regulation of energy infrastructure and energy markets.

Upon completion of the master program, successful students are rewarded with the academic degree “Master of Business Law (MBL)”. With the knowledge and experience gained through the master program, MBL graduates are ideally qualified for working in responsible positions in the energy sector. Students who dealt with law already in their graduate studies gain a valuable specialization in the dynamic field of energy law, whereas those with a background in engineering or economics extent their expertise to the interdependencies between legal, economic and technical issues.

The MBL in European and International Energy Law at the Technische Universität Berlin is one of the first programs worldwide with a clear focus on energy and regulatory law. It provides the unparalleled opportunity to study the legal challenges of energy transition in one of Europe’s political centres, and vividly discuss them with students and practitioners from all over the world.

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