Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Energy Law


Logo for the Energy Law InstituteThe Energy Law Institute (formerly Energy and Natural Resources Law institute) is a leading postgraduate energy and natural resources school based in London, offering:

  • First rate teaching from academic and leading industry experts
  • A broad, modern curriculum
  • Access through mentoring, internships and lecturing to the top energy law firms and companies based in London
  • Regular guest lectures from industry experts such as Lord Browne, Sir David King and Lord Lamont

Energy is the largest and one of the most dynamic industry sectors. It raises many challenges both politically and technically, from traditional exploration and production of fossil fuels to more recent mining extraction methods (hydraulic fracturing or 'fracking'), renewables and climate change. The need for an independent institution to facilitate dialogue between all the actors involved - governments, energy companies, lawyers, economists, policy makers and the public - is clear. Based in London, we have access to a network of energy professionals who can engage in the debate to help direct potential future developments nationally and internationally.

The Energy Law Institute (ELI) provides a focus for the development of energy and natural resources law, the training of energy lawyers through its specialist LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law programme and the promotion of a broader understanding of this important sector. James Dallas, Executive Director of the Institute, said "Our aim is to provide a first class student experience; with world class teaching and a broad curriculum, anchored in the real world of the sector". We offer the student lectures by both academics and practitioners. Our teaching philosophy is “to blend academic and practitioner rigour”. Consequently, the student will learn how to apply the academic knowledge to real-world problems. We work with the leading international law firms, energy companies and energy consultancies to facilitate this approach.

The ELI aims to be an international centre of academic excellence within the School of Law and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. The Law School at Queen Mary University of London is ranked in the Top 50 Universities Worldwide according to the QS World University Rankings.

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Membership and Other Supporters

A wide range of external organisations work with the ELI to contribute to its success.

We are grateful to Exxon Mobil and Shell International BV for their early support of the aims of the Institute and their generous donations to its establishment.

We have created a membership scheme to harness our strong links with professionals in London involved in the sector. Participation extends across the full range of activities, building a strong relationship between those involved in education and research and professionals practising on the front line where the law, policy, regulation, investment and business operations meet. Our current membership includes Shell, Clifford Chance, Norton Rose Fulbright, Dentons, Herbert Smith Freehills, 20 Essex Street Chambers, Ashurst, DLA Piper, Covington & Burling and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Our members are actively involved in providing support and advice on teaching, the curriculum, mentoring and internships. They also take part in and attend guest lectures, the Forum and our Energy Fundamentals course.

Our members support has been enhanced by:

  • Norton Rose Fulbright through their significant sponsorship of scholarships.
  • Clifford Chance through its sponsorship of the Annual Energy Lecture. 
  • The annual lectures have been given by Lord Browne (2015), Sir David King (2016), Lord Lamont (2017) and Sir Richard Friend (2018).

Andrew Clarke, General Counsel of Exxon Mobil’s UK operations, chairs a group of industry professionals and academics who provide strategic guidance and advice to the ELI. Andrew noted that, “ExxonMobil is very pleased to support the Energy Law Institute. The Energy Law Institute provides an opportunity to promote and encourage a greater understanding of the legal and regulatory framework within which energy is being developed, not only in the United Kingdom but around the world.”

If you or your organisation would like more information about membership or other ways of becoming involved in the Energy Law Institute, please contact James Dallas j.dallas@qmul.ac.uk.

QMUL Energy Forum

The ELI has established the QMUL Energy Forum to support it in achieving the highest academic standards by convening leaders in the industry to share and debate views across a range of topics, the Forum aims to promote the Institute's reputation for thought leadership. The Forum is chaired by Maria Taylor who is also chair of the International Energy Credit Association.


The Energy Law Institute is supported by (a) a Management Executive and (b) a Steering Committee comprised of leading industry and legal practitioners from the field of Energy and Natural Resources Law and general academic members.

Management Executive

Steering Committee

  • Eleonora Andrews-Smith, Exploration & Access, BP Exploration Operating Company Limited
  • Michael Coates, Head of Legal & Director, Shell UK Limited
  • Andrew Clarke, General Counsel, Esso UK Limited
  • Sam Dunkley, former General Counsel, Oil and Gas UK
  • Miriam Greenwood, Partner, SPARK Advisory Partners Limited Banking
  • Wynne Jones, Frontier Economics Ltd
  • Prof. Malik Dahlan, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
  • Neil Miller, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Professor Loukas Mistelis, CCLS, Queen Mary University of London
  • Russell Wells, Partner, Clifford Chance.

Contact Us

To find out more about the Energy Law Institute, please email j.dallas@qmul.ac.uk.