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Civil Liability and Financial Security for Offshore Oil and Gas Activities


Michael Faure, Niels Philipsen, Hui Wang, Kristel De Smedt, Jing Liu
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  • Date Published: June 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316616284

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  • Civil Liability and Financial Security for Offshore Oil and Gas Activities provides insights into the liability and compensation regime for offshore-related damage. The book analyses the legal regime in a variety of states (including the US and the UK) as well as the EU regime. In addition, the various compensation mechanisms and amounts available today to compensate offshore-related damage are described and critically analysed. Moreover, the book is based on in-depth interviews with a wide variety of relevant stakeholders including insurers, representatives from supervisory authorities, and oil and gas producers. This volume also provides a variety of policy recommendations, formulated to provide an optimal compensation regime for offshore-related damage.

    • Provides a detailed overview of the liability and compensation regime for offshore-related damage in a variety of legal systems
    • Offers insight into the way in which offshore-related damage is currently compensated, were such an incident to occur in European waters
    • Gives readers detailed knowledge of the variety of compensation mechanisms available (such as insurance, risk-sharing agreements and self-cover) and the amounts currently available for cover
    • Provides an analysis of the possibilities of a potential new compensation mechanism
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316616284
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 155 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 13 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of figures and tables
    1. Introduction Michael Faure, Niels Philipsen and Hui Wang:
    1.1 Background for this book
    1.2 Objective of this book
    1.3 Methodology
    1.4 Structure
    2. Offshore-related damage: facts and figures Kristel De Smedt and Hui Wang:
    2.1 General issues concerning offshore activities
    2.2 Location of installations and facilities in the EU
    2.3 Overview of major offshore accidents
    2.4 Analysis of recent offshore accidents in Europe: case studies
    2.5 Analysis of recent offshore accidents outside EU waters
    3. Analysis of existing legal regimes Michael Faure, Jing Liu and Hui Wang:
    3.1 Introduction
    3.2 International legal framework
    3.3 Offshore liability regimes
    3.4 The current EU regime on offshore activities
    3.5 Offshore liability regimes: country studies
    3.6 Another high risk sector: the nuclear
    3.7 Concluding observations
    4. Pooling mechanisms for offshore liability Michael Faure and Jing Liu:
    4.1 Theory: pooling versus insurance
    4.2 OPOL
    4.3 OIL and OCIL
    4.4 Protection and indemnity clubs
    4.5 Risk pooling in the nuclear sector
    4.6 Concluding observations
    5. The use of financial market instruments to cover liability following a major offshore accident Michael Faure and Hui Wang:
    5.1 Self-insurance
    5.2 Capital market
    5.3 Guarantees
    5.4 (Re-) insurance
    5.5 Risk pooling schemes
    5.6 OPOL
    5.7 Combinations
    6. Potential of financial and insurance instruments to cover liability following a major offshore accident Michael Faure and Hui Wang:
    6.1 Potential costs of an offshore incident
    6.2 Self-guarantee through tax
    6.3 Expanding possibility of insurance?
    6.4 Potential of expanding risk pooling schemes
    6.5 Summary: flexibility
    7. Toward optimal liability and compensation for offshore oil and gas activities Kristel De Smedt, Hui Wang and Michael Faure:
    7.1 Principles of efficient compensation and liability rules
    7.2 Efficient liability rules
    7.3 Liability versus regulation
    7.4 Mandatory financial security
    7.5 Compensation instrument
    7.6 Rapid claims management
    7.7 Transboundary harm
    7.8 Scenarios
    8. Concluding remarks Michael Faure, Niels Philipsen and Hui Wang:
    8.1 General
    8.2 Efficient liability rules
    8.3 Mandatory financial security
    8.4 A role for government?
    8.5 Rapid claims mechanism
    List of references
    Annex 1. Overview of interviews with stakeholders
    Annex 2. Checklist for country studies
    Annex 3. Oil Pollution Act Liability Limits 2013.

  • Editor

    Michael Faure, Universiteit Maastricht, Netherlands
    Michael Faure is Professor of Comparative Private Law and Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and Professor of Comparative and International Environmental Law at Maastricht University. He also serves as Academic Director of the Maastricht European Institute for Transnational Legal Research (METRO).


    Michael Faure, Niels Philipsen, Hui Wang, Kristel De Smedt, Jing Liu

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