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Unit Overview


This unit examines the law regulating the agreements used in Western Australia to commercialise oil and gas and alternative energy (wind and solar). The aim is to consider the key provisions of contracts important to the commercial development of oil and gas, wind and solar against the background of a transition to more sustainable energy. The contracts considered include electricity and gas sales agreements, transportation and storage contracts and agreements for the development of wind and solar power. The workshop includes contributions from leading industry experts and comprises both plenary sessions and small group sessions analysing problem situations.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) describe the agreements more commonly used to commercialise oil and gas and alternative energy in Australia and the applicable fundamental legal principles; (2) explain the common terms of those agreements; (3) critically analyse the application of those principles and terms in relation to arrange of oil and gas and alternative energy agreements; and (4) create clear, concise and persuasive legal arguments using effective oral and written communication skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research paper and (2) case study analysis (x2). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor John Chandler
Unit rules
Enrolment in
LAWS6727 Oil and Gas Agreements
Contact hours
Students must attend every day of the intensive period 28-30 May 2024. Refer to the timetable website for further information.

Unit materials are provided at the commencement of the unit.


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