The Centre for Energy Law is a Research Centre within the School of Law created in order to promote the research activities of the many members of the School having an interest in Energy Law matters, as well as fostering an environment for collaborative work. The Centre is funded by the University of Aberdeen’s College of Arts and Social Sciences. We enjoy the benefit of being located within the University of Aberdeen, an institution with a proven track record of carrying out research across the whole spectrum of the energy sector. This broad research base greatly enhances our capacity for carrying out multi- and inter-disciplinary research. The University is itself located within the unofficial energy capital of Europe, and maintains significant links with industry and policy-makers.
The discovery in the 1960s of oil and gas-bearing rock beneath the North Sea off Aberdeen and the subsequent influx of investment necessary to extract this valuable natural resource led to a period of unprecedented growth and development in the local economy. Aberdeen’s influence stretches far beyond the North Sea. The city has come to be known as the oil and gas capital of Europe. Leading oil companies and contractors direct operations in locations as diverse as Russia, Africa and the Middle and Far East from their Aberdeen bases.