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This subject explores the legal and regulatory structures affecting foreign investors seeking to participate in the development of energy resources in so-called ‘emerging markets’, and in particular in the restructuring of formerly socialist economies. Russia will be used as an example of an emerging market presenting particular characteristics and problems that provide important insights into emerging markets elsewhere in the world.
The subject coordinator has conducted research on ‘emerging markets’ over many years, and has extensive practical experience as an adviser in these matters. His work is widely published in numerous books and journal articles.
Principal topics include:
- Corruption and money laundering
- Liability for human rights abuses
- Forms of foreign investment and commercial transactions
- Local accreditation
- The privatisation process
- Intellectual property protection
- Import-export regulations
- Currency controls
- Project and conventional financing
- Development and regulation of capital markets
- Securities and commodities exchanges
- Environmental protection.
There will be daily simulated negotiation exercises.
Intended learning outcomes
A student who has successfully completed this subject will:
- Have an advanced and integrated understanding of the legal and regulatory structures affecting foreign investment in the development of energy resources in ‘emerging economies’ generally, and Russia in particular
- Be able to critically examine, analyse, interpret and assess the effectiveness of these legal and regulatory structures
- Be an engaged participant in debate regarding emerging and contemporary issues relating to these legal and regulatory structures
- Have a sophisticated appreciation of the factors and processes driving the evolution of these legal and regulatory structures
- Have an advanced understanding of the risks involved in investment in the development of energy resources in ‘emerging economies’ and the effectiveness of various legal and regulatory structures in managing these risks
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to generate critical and creative ideas relating to management of these risks
- Have the cognitive and technical skills to independently examine, research and analyse existing and emerging legal issues relating to foreign investment in energy resources in ‘emerging markets’
- Have the communication skills to clearly articulate and convey complex information regarding foreign investment in energy resource in ‘emerging markets’
- Be able demonstrate autonomy, expert judgment and responsibility as a practitioner and learner in relation to these matters.
Last updated: 6 December 2019