Energy Law: A Context and Practice Casebook offers a comprehensive and practical introduction to energy law. The book is designed to support an energy survey course and provides a practical overlay to each topic, with “practice notes” placed throughout the text. The book will support a law school’s only energy law course, as well as an energy law foundations course that can serve as a prerequisite to more specific energy courses.
This book is structured by industry sector, the way such issues are often confronted in practice, rather than by natural resource, which has historically been the educational approach. The topics begin with an introduction to key vocabulary, and students are provided with a variety of client issues (including ethical consideration) to examine as they read the course materials. This approach follows the way practicing lawyers tend to learn about new areas of the law: when they have a client need. The course materials are widely varied, from cases and statutes to agency materials and private company research. The book also includes sections of contracts, a complaint, and an employment agreement pulled from SEC materials.
The book chapters are: Introduction to Energy Law; The Business of Energy Law; Minerals and Mineral Rights: Coal, Oil & Gas; Electricity and Related Resources (including coal, natural gas, hydropower, and renewables); Economic Regulation and Market Structure; Energy and Environmental Regulation and Policies (including the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act & Renewable Portfolio Standards); Climate Change; and The Unique Nature of Transportation.
This book is part of the Context and Practice Series, edited by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Professor of Law and Dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law.
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