The University of Groningen is one of the oldest research universities in Europe. It also has a special connection with the energy sector as it is situated on top of the Groningen gas field and has close ties with the energy industry. The Faculty of Law is one of the top three law faculties in the Netherlands and gives high priority to the international dimension of teaching and research.
The Groningen Centre of Energy Law (GCEL) coordinates all energy and energy-related research. Research covers the entire energy chain and includes legislation and regulation in relation to the production, transmission and supply of energy, promotion of renewable energy sources, the need to secure energy supply and issues concerning climate change and environmental protection. Key research areas involve CO2 emissions trading, CCS and energy activities in the North Sea.