This course will survey the numerous legal and regulatory issues faced by oil and gas and other energy and extractives corporations, investors and government regulators in light of four dominant trends - volatile adherence to rule of law around the world, heightening global interdependence of finance markets, the emergence of disruptive technologies and increasing climate change concerns and initiatives. Energy companies face long term capital investment decisions in ever more rapidly changing markets. Legal counsel for all parties involved play a substantial role in evaluation and mitigation of risk and in resolution of disputes related to both existing and emerging risks. Participants in the course will gain an understanding of oil and gas, energy and extractives transaction models around the world, of emerging risks related to new technologies, international political risk, disregard of rule of law, regulatory controls on competition and environmental concerns and the legal techniques utilized to mitigate such risks in areas such as contract drafting, joint venture strategies and regulatory compliance procedures. Topics will include a general explanation of the risk or opportunity and cases studies of specific transactions, development proposals or regulatory enforcement matters.