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Atty. Gokce Mete, LL.M

  • Research Fellow at the Extractives Hub, The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP)
  • (Formerly) Research Fellow at the Energy Charter Secretariat
  • Young Energy Law and Policy Workshop Coordinator, UK Energy Law and Policy Association (UKELPA)
  • Programme and Sponsorship Manager, The Bosphorus Energy Club
  • PhD Student at The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP)
  • Energy Analyst Intern at Caspian Research Institute (2014)
  • Qualified Lawyer registered with Istanbul Bar Association, Turkey (2013)
  • Master of Laws (LL.M.), Queen Mary University of London (2011)
  • Research Assistant of Dr Sergei Vinogradov at CEPMLP, University of Dundee (2013-Present)
  • Editorial assistant to Prof Peter Cameron and Dr Raphael Heffron (2014-Present)
  • PhD Supervisors: Professor Sergei Vinogradov (CEPMLP) and Professor Andrey Konoplyanik (Russian Gubkin State Oil & Gas University – Adviser to Director General of Gazprom export LLC)
  • Qualified Lawyer registered with Istanbul Bar Association, Turkey
  • Member of Association of Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Energy Institute (EI), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Dundee International Law Society (DILS)
  • 2014 recipient of AIPN Student Scholarship


The Extractives Resource Hub at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy, March 2016/Present – Dundee, UK
Research Fellow

The Extractives Resource Hub, a multi-£m, UK DfID funded project. Jointly led by the CEPLMP and Adam Smith International based in London, the project will support natural resources-rich developing nations from Africa and Asia to make informed decisions regarding minerals (mining and petroleum) sector development.

Responsible for development of Hub design; academic research and organization of Hub content; concise reports and formal meetings with key DfID staff; risk assessment; collection and organization of online training videos; material for online training courses; in-country training materials, deployment of Matchmaking and Technical Assistance service strategy; quarterly online forums on trending issues; quality assurance of the content of linked sites; review and evaluation of user feedback; monitoring new work and trending topics in Extractives Industry, and important news items.

The UK Energy Law and Policy Association, September 2015/Present – Oxford, UK
Workshop Coordinator and Assistant Editor
Coordination and organization of Legal Practitioner Policy Workshops, Legal Academic and Practitioner Conferences, Young Practitioner and PhD forums, EU and UK Policy Submissions. Preparation of the quarterly UKELPA newsletter launched in June 2015. Selection and editing op-eds published on the website. Carry-out other tasks to pursue mission of the UKELPA, to promote excellence in research, practice and administration of energy law and policy in the UK and internationally.

The Energy Charter Secretariat, February 2015/Present – Brussels, Belgium
Research Fellow (Transit Issues)
Assisting delegations in answering the questionnaire on the implementation of ECT Transit provision, liaise with stakeholders (industry, regulators). Review, analyse, systematise the responses received from the delegations. Carry out research to complement the information received from delegations and make presentations on the Trade and Transit Group meetings.

Project: International Meeting of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit

The Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan co-organised an International Meeting of Experts on Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy on 22 April 2015 in Brussels. The Meeting focused on the topic of “Facilitating Investments in New Transit Infrastructure”. Discussion points will include the promotion of investments into new and upgrading of existing cross-border and transit infrastructure. This event came as a follow-up to the work initiated in cooperation with the government of Turkmenistan on 10-11 December 2014 in Ashgabat under the UN General Assembly Resolution 67/263 “Reliable and Stable Transit of Energy”. The Meeting facilitated policy debate within the expert community on setting up a new international legal mechanism that would support and sustain secure energy supplies to world markets.

The Oxford University Press, October 2014/Present – Oxford, UK
Editorial Assistant
Supporting Peter Cameron (University of Dundee, UK) and Dr. Raphael Heffron (University of Leeds, UK) in the administration of the planning of second edition of the highly successful work, ‘Legal Aspects of EU Energy Regulation’ for Oxford University Press (OUP) for publication in 2015. Organising and researching the project to tight deadlines. Proposing potential contributors and liaising with the authors.

The Bosphorus Energy Club, May 2014/ Present – London, UK
Programme and Sponsorship Manager
Assisting the Chair of the Club in selection of the speakers and preparation of invitations, finalization of the agenda and drafting the executive summary. Issuing contracts and invoices. Also communication with the Club members, special guests, think-tanks and experts from Eurasia, Middle East, East Med and the US. Regular review of the literature and observing the media to report and publish game-changers in energy, investment and geopolitics in Bosphorus Energy Club Academy website.

The Energy Charter Secretariat, April/August 2014 – Brussels, Belgium
Worked as part of the Consolidation, Expansion and Outreach team focusing on the ongoing modernisation and the future Updated Energy Charter. Prepared policy papers such as Proposal for a Revision of the Policy on Consolidation, Expansion and Outreach (CONEXO) and liaised with country delegates for bilateral meetings and regular Strategy Meetings. In addition, assumed responsibilities to assist the ‘Energy Security Contact Group on the Ukraine Crisis’ and assisted the Trade and Transit Group for organisation of the Ashgabat Forum of December 2014.

Boden Law Office, February 2013 / July 2013 – İstanbul, Turkey
Trainee Lawyer/Lawyer
Provided day-to-day legal services to corporations and their boards of directors on matters, such as board resolutions, corporate governance issues, shareholders meetings, regulatory reporting requirements, and commercial contracts. Assisted our attorneys in execution and negotiation of EFET agreements. Drafted memorandums on various aspects of energy regulations of the Republic of Turkey, in particular those concerning natural gas market updates and mining activities in Turkey. Represented our clients before courts. Prepared monthly and quarterly energy regulatory reports circulated to our clients and published on the law firm’s website.

Coşar Attorneys at Law, May 2012 / January 2013 – İstanbul, Turkey
Legal Intern
Worked part of the team advised the Turkish Privatisation Authority (TPA) on the privatisation of the Turkish Petroleum Refinery Company (Tüpras). Assisted clients on permitting, licensing, environmental impact review issues for construction and operation of natural gas-fired combined cycle electric generating plants in Northern Turkey. In addition, prepared legal opinions on the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Turkey and prepared focus articles concerning commercial arbitration, litigation and M&A issues for Global Arbitration Review (GAR).

University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), 2013-Present – Dundee, UK
PhD Student and Association of Petroleum Negotiations (AIPN) Scholar
Title: Critical assessment of EU’s internal natural gas market legislation: what are the implications for development of natural gas pipelines within broader energy Europe?
Modules audited: International Petroleum Law and Policy by Professor Peter Cameron, Legal Framework for International Project Finance by Stephen Dow and International Law of Natural Resources and Energy by Dr. Sergei Vinogradov.
Supervisors: Dr Sergei Vinogradov (CEPMLP) and Professor Andrey Konoplyanik (Russian Gubkin State Oil & Gas University and Gazprom export LLC).

Visiting Scholar at the Energy and Natural Resources Law Institute of Queen Mary University of London in 2016 – involved in a research project on energy regulation and ethics under supervision of Dr. Raphael Heffron.

Queen Mary, University of London, 2010-2011 – London, UK
LL.M. in Corporate and Commercial Law
Coursework: International Commercial Law, International Comparative and Commercial Arbitration, Investment Arbitration, EU Competition Law and Natural Resources Law.
Dissertation focused on: International Investment Arbitration and the Energy Charter Treaty.

Yeditepe University, 2005-2010 – Istanbul, Turkey
Bachelor of Law
Coursework: Among others took courses such as EU Law and Institutions, Commercial Law, Stock Market Law, Competition Law, International Commercial Arbitration, Maritime Law and various international law subjects covering both civil and common law jurisdictions.


  • Speaker at the Energy Transitions International Conference organized by the UEF Law School (2014, 2015 and 2016 – Joensuu, Finland)
  • Speaker at Energetika XXI conference in St. Petersburg, Russia on 11-12 November 2015 organized by Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and sponsored by Gazprom
  • Speaker at 9th Annual European Gas Summit on the 17-18 September 2015 in Brussels, Belgium
  • Speaker at Futures of Energy in Eurasia in the Global Context, Workshop within the IIASA project, “Challenges and Opportunities of Economic Integration (2015 –Laxenburg, Vienna)
  • Certificate in “Energy Law”, Galatasaray University in 2012
  • Certificate in “Complex Contract Negotiations in Energy Sector”, Energy Charter Secretariat in 2015
  • Certificate in “Energy Arbitration in Middle East and Africa”, London Centre for International Law Practice”
  • Member of Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), the Energy Institute (EI), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Founding Member of Dundee International Law Society (DILS)
  • Conversational Azerbaijani and German and beginner level Russian (continued)


  • “Cross-Border Oil and Gas Pipelines in International Law”, Sergei Vinogradov and Gokce Mete, German Yearbook of International Law (Focus Article) 2013
  • “Analysis of the term “transit” in cross-border energy transport: a comparative study of regulatory frameworks in the Eurasian context” OGEL 2 (2014) – Energy Community Special Issue
  • “Construction of a regional energy market within a multilateral regulatory framework”, Ernesto Bonafé and Gokce Mete (Intersentia forthcoming in 2016)
  • “Escalated Tensions between the EU and ECT legal frameworks”, Ernesto Bonafé and Gokce Mete, Journal of World Energy and Business (forthcoming in 2016)
  • “The EU Network Codes and Prospects of New Cross-Border Natural Gas Pipeline Projects” Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader, Raphael J Heffron and Gavin Little (eds) (forthcoming Edinburgh University Press 2015)
  • “Turkey Country Report: Renewable Energy Law and Policy in Turkey”, Gokce Mete and Raphael J Heffron, Renewable Energy Law and Policy Review 2015 (4)
  • “The Regulatory And Contractual Treatment Of Natural Gas Transit In Cross-Border Pipelines: How Is It Different From Oil Transit?” Esq. Okan Demirkan and Gokce Mete (working paper)

Our course is designed for to give you an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources industries.

The world's long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These in turn rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee is at the heart of these issues and provides the best in advanced education in its field, preparing its graduates to meet the challenges posed by the evolving global economy. Stimulated by oil and gas developments in the North Sea, the CEPMLP was established in May 1977.

Our students achieve the practical and professional skills needed to mastermind complex commercial and financial transactions in the international workplace, with exposure to many varied and exciting opportunities. Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy provides a unique perspective on how governments, business and communities operate, providing the professionals of today with the ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow

As an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions, natural resources and energy law and policy, our distance learning programmes provide a rigorous training for graduate students and working professionals who cannot afford the time to undertake full time studies.

Our LLM Mineral Law and Policy by distance learning is aimed at mineral industry professionals both in government and industry, who wish to develop their understanding of the legal and regulatory framework within which the mineral industry operates and of the key policy issues and challenges in this sector.

The LLM Mineral Law and Policy expose students to the legal and policy issues relevant to mining in most countries, to the common legal issues and structures that arise in the activities of mining companies while examining the effects that mining can have on environment and communities and the responses to these effects. This programme therefore aims to provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse and evaluate key regulation, international and comparative law that are relevant to mining and the key influences and effects of those laws from other disciplinary perspectives particularly economics and political science since reliable understanding of the law affecting mining cannot be achieved without these perspectives.

Modes of delivery

Each module will be delivered by distance learning using the My Dundee - our online learning system.

The Study Guide

  • The student will receive a hard copy of the Study Guide
  • The Study guide will be available on the My Dundee

This Study Guide has the following aims:

  • To introduce the student to the key concepts and issues of debate.
  • To guide the student towards a wide range of reading material from which they may choose what research topics to pursue.
  • To provide the student with some opportunity for self-evaluation through a combination of short questions, tasks, exercises and case studies. 

Reading Material

  • A core reading book will be provided to the DL students
  • Core and additional reading material will be available on the My Dundee. 

Academic Support/Guidance

A core team of distance learning academic staff and tutors will provide support to the students with relation to:

  • Information on the structure and content of the programme
  • Guidance on using the full range of learning guides and tools
  • Academic questions relating to particular issues in the field of study
  • Preparation of assessments and research papers
  • Feedback on assessments and research papers

How you will be assessed

Each distance learning module will be assessed by at least two methods: EITHER

Written examination and research paper (most modules are assessed in this way).  The exam and research paper are each worth 50% of your total mark.


Written examination and case studies.  The exam is worth either 60% or 70% and the case studies are worth either 40% or 30% of your total mark respectively.

  • a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor, or
  • an Internship report - students who choose this option are required to source an organisation willing to offer a 3-month work placement, approved by an academic supervisor


What you will study

Our LLM is made up of a total of 180 credits

Core Compulsory Modules

A minimum of 60 credits from

CP50006 - Mineral and Petroleum Taxation by distance learning



This module will provide students with foundation knowledge on how taxes and non-tax instruments are used by governments and the extractive industry to promote natural resource development while deriving revenues for the state and profits for extractive firms. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of the complex issues of tax regimes and the skill to analysis current topics or controversies, with the objective of providing competent strategy or policy advice to either governments or resource firms.

Students will be prepared to compare and evaluate alternative taxation regimes, including environmental and international tax issues. Some topics covered in the module include; resource rent taxation, royalties, direct and indirect taxes, general structure of PSAs/PSCs, transfer pricing, and current issues from around the world. This module does not teach skills in accounting, financial analysis or tax law.

Module leader

Dr Ariel Bergmann

CP50014 - Mineral Resources Policy and Economics by distance learning

Credits: 20


All too often mineral policies are developed without any proper understanding of the economic forces which influence all aspects of the mineral industries. Unless they work with those forces, rather than against them, policies are doomed to fail, no matter how well-intentioned or desirable they might appear. Whilst the various sectors of the hard-rock mineral industries share common features, each is influenced by different factors. This course explains, in a straightforward and common sense fashion, the main characteristics of the major sectors and the many forces working on demand, supply and prices. It is often overlooked that mining is primarily an economic activity. The lectures and notes bring out the various conflicting aims and objectives of all concerned with the industries and give an overall view of the economic context for all the legal and policy issues facing the minerals industry without becoming unduly enmeshed in whatever is presently of fashionable concern.

Module leader

Professor Phillip Crowson

CP50040 - International and Comparative Mineral Law by distance learning

Credits: 20


The module provides an introduction to the main legal and policy issues in the mining industry, with an emphasis on the common methods within which mining is regulated. The approach is a comparative one and focuses on techniques applicable in various settings and countries, noting the influence of law, economics, finance, technical aspects and geology. Students will acquire understanding of the key law and policy issues relating to the regulation of mining, including the ownership of minerals and application for rights to mine; and the effects that mining can have, on environment and communities, and how these are addressed.

Module leader

Mr John Southalan

UN50001 - International Law of Water Resources

Credits: 20


The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the law that governs the non-navigational uses of international watercourses. The course begins with an overview of the fundamental principles of public international law, considered in the specific context of international watercourses. At the end of the modules, students are expected to be able to identify the legal issues and possible solutions for addressing international water problems. An understanding of the basic principles of public international law is required. The programme will consist of seven 3-hour lectures, with some provision for student presentations. The assessment for the course is one research paper, maximum length 4500 words due at the end of the term.

Module leader

The Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.

Compulsory Choice Modules

40 credits from

CP50003 - Dissertation (for full-time and by distance learning)

Credits: 40


The dissertation contributes to the achievement of the aims of the Masters degree namely:- to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas relating to the specialisation of the student; to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression; to build upon, develop and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules.

A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor.

CP51013 - Internship Report (for full-time and by distance learning)

Credits: 40


The dissertation contributes to the achievement of the aims of the Masters degree namely:- to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas relating to the specialisation of the student; to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression; to build upon, develop and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules.

A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor.

Elective Modules

Sufficient modules from the academic timetable to bring the total number of credits to 180.

In common with other CEPMLP LLM degrees, any approved module can be included in the elective modules.

What sort of jobs do alumni of CEPMLP go on to do?

The answer is a wide range of varied roles. It is important to be aware that as with any job it depends upon your level of experience and skills set as to whether the role would be suitable for you, there is no one size fits all.

Past alumni have found employment with a variety of organisations including National Oil Companies, Exploration and Production Companies, Government and Ministries and Commercial Organisations including Banks, Law Firms and Global Consultancies.

You should have the equivalent to a UK Honours degree, preferably at 2:1 level or above. Candidates with a 2:2 degree may also apply. Preferred degree disciplines are Law, Economics, Geology, Petroleum or Mining Engineering, Finance.

Work experience in the energy/natural resources industry is an advantage, though it is not a strict requirement for admission to the MSc.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall6.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

 Distance Learning
Registration Fee (non-refundable)£ 480
CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules, applicable to all degrees)£ 1350
CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credit modules, applicable to all degrees)£ 810
Dissertation/Internship£ 1710
Additional Costs: 
Additional exam fee£ 150
Exemption request fee£ 300

All Distance Learning course fees include one examination fee and courier charges.

Advance notice is required (minimum of 6 weeks) for all on-campus courses due to class size restrictions. Contact the Distance Learning administrator for further information. 

All fees are subject to increases without prior notification.


Full time fees

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU studentsReg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £300
Rest of UK studentsReg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £302
Overseas students (non-EU)Reg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £304

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the How to Apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

 DegreeCourse Code
Apply NowMineral Law and Policy (Distance Learning) LLMP040302

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