CEPMLP co-sponsorship of the 5th Annual Conference on International Energy Arbitration

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  Presented by The Institute for Transnational Arbitration and The Institute for Energy Law of The Center for American and International Law and The ICC International Court of Arbitration. Co-Sponsored by the Houston International Arbitration Club, Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy. Now the definitive annual program on international arbitration in the energy sector, the ITA, IEL and ICC join again th...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series, 8th November

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Obo Idornigie, Principal Analyst – Corporate Research at Wood Mackenzie and an alumnus of CEPMLP was the sixth Guest Speaker for the CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series. He delivered a profound presentation on the topic: Global Upstream Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) and the Corporate Outlook. During his presentation, Obo touched on the strategic drivers behind M&A, and enlightened his audience on the reasons why International Oil Companies do M&A and why they sell or buy assets. He also spoke on corporate drivers that will influence deal flows going forward. According to Obo, from a buyer&rsq...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series, 1st November

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On 1st November, the fifth talk in the CEPMLP’s Visiting Speaker Series, Graham Coop, Partner of Volterra Fietta spoke on the topic of “Dispute Resolution Mechanisms under the Energy Charter Treaty” Graham is a qualified barrister and solicitor in New Zealand; and a solicitor, with higher rights of audience (Civil), in England and Wales. He advises and represents companies, governments and international organisations on international dispute resolution and public international law, with a particular focus on the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, together with envi...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series, 25th October

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The fourth visiting speaker at CEPMLP Vising Speaker Series for Academic Year 2017-18 was Dr. Tue Anh Nguyen (Jenny), Centre for International Development, Harvard University. She delivered a presentation titled “Electricity Liberalization in Largest Developing Countries” Dr. Jenny, on the left, has completed her PhD on the impacts of market liberalization policies on electricity sector of Vietnam. Her research awards include Best Group Work in Complexity from Oxford Mathematical Institute, Best Paper by European Union’s Jean Monnet Network, three consecutive best research poster awards a...

Stabilization and the impact of changing patterns of energy investment

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Recently published in the Journal of World Energy Law & Business, the abstract for this article, written by Professor Peter Cameron, reads, "More than a decade of investor–state tension in which states sought to rebalance arrangements with international investors in the light of rising commodity prices is now a matter of history in the energy industry. Some of the disputes that resulted from that fractious period continue in arbitration or litigation proceedings, and plenty of new disputes have emerged since, but those that had their roots in actions by states seeking what they saw as a fairer de...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series, 18th October

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Our third speaker in the CEPMLP Vising Speaker Series for Academic Year 2017-18 was Dr Duncan Freeman, EU-China Research Centre, College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. He delivered an interesting presentation titled “Climate and Energy Policy after the Paris Agreement:  Does Politics Trump Economics?” Dr Freeman, on the left, has researched extensively on China’s economy & politics and has spent a total of 17 years in Beijing and Hong Kong. He is fluent in Chinese. He has contributed to the field of research relating to EU-China relations, among others. The theme of the presentation...

Steve Weston Essay Competition 2017

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CEPMLP is calling for entries to the Steve Weston Prize, an annual essay competition on oil and gas law administered by The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust. The competition honours the memory of Steve Weston, a leading practitioner of oil and gas law, particularly in the developing regions. Open to all, the Steve Weston Prize is awarded to the author or authors of an outstanding essay on a preselected topic. Worth up to £1000, the Prize is funded by BP, Shell, Herbert Smith, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, Linklaters and Wragges. The topic for 2017...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series continues...

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  On Wednesday  11th October,  CEPLMP was delighted to welcome Dr Carole Nakhle, Chief Executive Officer of Crystol Energy, who gave an engaging seminar titled “Oil Price and Petroleum Fiscal Regime Stability”.   Dr Nakhle, pictured third left, is a world renowned and experienced Energy Economist which stems from both the industry and government. She discussed the issues and links between the price of oil and the fiscal stability of a petroleum fiscal regime. The Seminar then went on to discuss the new oil market realties, the fundamental changes and the ...

DOLFIN Releases Analysis of Ghana-Côte d'Ivoire Boundary Ruling

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‌‌In a 181-page judgement delivered in Hamburg on 23 September 2017, a Special Chamber of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) unanimously fixed the course of the single, “all-purpose” maritime boundary between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire both within and beyond 200 nautical miles from the two countries’ coastlines.  The boundary, which is situated in an area in the Gulf of Guinea that is rich in hydrocarbons, represents a relatively rare “strict,” or un-adjusted, equidistance line favouring Ghana. ...

CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series Commences

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The CEPMLP Visiting Speaker Series for the Academic year 2017-18 commenced today with Mike Robinson, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Scottish Geographical Society delivering an important presentation titled “Making sense of chaos – the role of legislation and action in climate change in Scotland”. Mike shared, through his own experience over the last 20 years, the importance of participating in and sustaining climate change initiatives including through cooperation. He pointed out that Scotland’s response to climate change initiative is of a thought leader with examples of emiss...

Alex Salmond to address renewables conference

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Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond will deliver a keynote speech on renewable energy at a major conference taking place at the University of Dundee later this year. Mr Salmond will speak at the ‘Renewables After Brexit’ event organised by the University’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy (CEPMLP). The conference will be held at the Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, on Friday 1 December. Experts from the renewables, legal, financial and political sectors discuss the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union for the industry. CEPMLP Director Prof...

Energy Industry Scholarship Winner welcomed

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CEPMLP were delighted to welcome Nasra Ahmed to the Centre today to commence her LLM in Mineral Law and Policy.  Nasra was the winner of a full 'Energy Industry Scholarship' jointly funded by Shell and ExxonMobil in cooperation with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Somalia which attracted more than 150 applications.  Applicants had to be Somali or of Somali origin if living in diaspora. On successful completion of her studies, Nasra will work for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources....

CEPMLP signs agreement with the International Energy Forum

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CEPMLP are delighted to announce that a 12-month agreement with the International Energy Forum (IEF) has recently been signed. CEPMLP and IEF aim to establish a virtual centre of research excellence which will be based in Dundee and which will see enhanced collaboration between the two institutions.  One of the main objectives of the agreement is to establish an annual conference which will be held in locations around the world....

Extractives Hub Summer Interns

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Extractives Hub Research Fellow, Gokce Mete, recently gave thanks to a group of interns who have been actively engaged on the project over the Summer months. The interns have been a valuable resource on the project and have assisted with everything from carrying out research through to uploading publications on to the Hub itself.   One intern, Jaqueline Terrel Taquiri (pictured second left) said of the experience, "Currently, I am supporting research for the 'Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development' in a project analysing 'Limiting the harmful effects of mining ...

Appointment of Project Manager - Rose Yuan Wang

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Rose recently joined CEPMLP as Project Manager of the Extractives Hub project. She has a PhD degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Tufts University in the United States. Her PhD work focused on developing computer models to simulate the nutrients and contaminants transport processes in natural water systems. Out of her interest in international resources policy, she also worked as a research associate at the Centre for International Environment and Resources Policy on topics related to energy efficiency and as a program coordinator for the Water Diplomacy PhD program at Tufts Univers...

Research trip to Nigeria

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Dr Janet Xuanli Liao conducted a research trip to Nigeria between 6th and 12th of August 2017, together with two colleagues in the DFID-ESRC research team, from China and Ghana, respectively. They met with some think tanks in Abuja, including the Centre for the Study of the Economies of Africa, and the Centre for China Studies.  They were also able to meet with Chinese Embassy and oil company officials, as well as industrial experts from Addax and Shell in Lagos. It was a brief visit but was the first time for the project team to be able to talk to both the Chinese authorities and the IOC specialists,...

International expert meeting for the Region of Central Asia on “Institutional Mechanisms of Transboundary Water Cooperation”

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Dr Sergei Vinogradov recently took part as a moderator and keynote speaker in an expert workshop in Almaty (Kazakhstan) under the auspices of the UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA). Among the core activities of UNRCCA is promotion and support of the dialogue among Central Asian states on trans-boundary water management in the region. The meeting was attended by the representatives of national ministries of foreign affairs, natural resources and the environment of the five countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan as well as some intergovernmental organisations (UNESCO, UN...

CEPMLP is recruiting a Professor in Energy Law

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We are seeking to make a new professorial appointment in the field of energy law to enhance academic leadership of CEPMLP’s suite of graduate programmes, including LLM, MSc and PhD; to make a major contribution to its research activity leading to REF; to champion CEPMLP’s growing profile in the new energy resources and low carbon transition, and to contribute to its expanding distance learning programme. The candidate would be expected to take a leading role in the global energy networks that CEPMLP has with international organisations such as the World Bank, the African Development Bank and th...

External Aspect of the Energy Union and the Multilateral Energy Transport Agreement

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CEPMLP Research Fellow, Gokce Mete, has recently been published as part of the Karoli Gaspar University (KRE) Energy Law Forum which took place in Hungary in 2016.  The paper looks into the existing and expected legislation needed to pursue the Energy Union vision and makes a comparative assessment of provisions that could be included within the scope of the multilateral agreement. This paper argues that there is justification for collaborative efforts to construct and implement the multilateral transit/transport agreement by the UN, EU and ECS institutions and concludes with recommendations to t...

Upcoming Events and CPD Programmes - Autumn 2017

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Gas Sales and Purchase Agreements Dundee, 4th - 6th September 2017 This 3-day professional training programme will be of interest to professionals involved in managing international investments in oil and gas ventures including negotiators, lawyers, analysts, procurement managers, corporate development managers, governmental relations executives, officials in state petroleum companies and Ministries of Energy, Finance and Geological Surveys. Delegates will gain an in-depth understanding of natural gas industry agreements, including sales and purchase, transportation, and production related services. Furthe...

Summer Graduation 2017

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55 students from CEPMLP had their degrees conferred today, 22nd June 2017, at the University of Dundee's graduation ceremony at the Caird Hall. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all graduands, wish them all the very best in their future careers and also remind them to keep in touch! Particular mention is given to the winners of the following prizes: The Laszlo Gombos Prize, awarded to the top-ranking LLM student, Onyinye Dimkpagu. This is awarded by the Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust The Paul Stevens Prize, awarded to the best ...

Oil, Gas and Mining: A Sourcebook for Understanding the Extractive Industries

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In 2010 CEPMLP received a US$1.5 million grant for a unique study on good practice issues in the development of hydrocarbons and mining resources in capital importing countries. This Extractive Industries Source Book project collated diverse experiences from disparate sources, drawing on a wide variety of stakeholders, and made the results readily available to senior users in government departments in developing countries as well as civil society groups and decentralised, informal networks. "Poor choices are often made by governments through a lack of knowledge of experiences in countries with similar circ...

UK Energy Law and Policy Association: 2017 Summer Event

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Friday 30th June 2017, 1pm -6pm, The Royal Scots Club, Edinburgh, UK The UK Energy Law and Policy Association (UKELPA) is organising a high-level discussion on the theme of Brexit and Energy in Edinburgh at the Royal Scots Club on Friday 30th June, starting at 1pm. The event will kick off with a presentation on Scotland’s draft Energy Strategy by the Head of the Scottish Government’s Energy and Climate Change Division, Chris Stark. There will be two sessions of 90 minutes, with an hour of debate in each session, involving participants from industry, academia, professions and government. Althoug...

Willoughby Prize for Dundee Professor

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The 2016 Willoughby Prize has been won by Professor Colin Reid of Dundee Law School.  The Prize is awarded annually by the trustees of the Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law and Policy Education Trust to the author of an article of outstanding merit, published in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.  Professor Reid’s article, “Brexit and the future of UK environmental law”, explores some of the consequences of the UK leaving the European Union.  It notes the different ways in which EU law has become embedded in UK law and considers how dev...

Rio Tinto Scholarships - applications open!

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Rio Tinto plc, together with CEPMLP, acknowledges the importance of contributing worldwide to sustainable mineral resources development.  As part of the Rio Tinto/CEPMLP Partnering Agreement, we are delighted to inform that we are offering three fully funded postgraduate scholarships leading to the LLM in Mineral Law and Policy. This offer is for the academic session 2017/2018 which covers September 2017 and January 2018 entrants. Application deadline Friday 16th June 2017 The award will offer the successful candidate: Payment of academic tuition fees 12 monthly stipends for living expenses for a si...

School of Social Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award

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Dr Ana Elizabeth Bastida, CEPMLP Senior Lecturer in Mining Law and Sustainable Resource Governance, has been awarded the prestigious School of Social Sciences award for Excellence in Teaching. The prize recognises her contributions to innovative practice within her discipline and the design and implementation of creative solutions, thereby enhancing the student learning experience. Elizabeth has long been teaching on the law and governance framework for mining and minerals from international and comparative perspectives, and leads an always evolving programme on this discipline that is fully embedded in r...

Funded Spaces Available: MSc Managing in the Energy Industries

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  The energy industries, which include power, oil and gas, mining and renewable energy, are among the few that are growing worldwide, as the transition to a low carbon economy gathers pace.  Demand will be high for managers with specific knowledge of these industries and the new challenges they face, such as decommissioning, IT impacts or regulated pricing. Our course aims to equip those who see promise and opportunity for themselves in this rapidly changing set of businesses.   The University of Dundee is pleased to offer a limited number of fully-funded places to eligible students. This is...

CEPMLP@40 Seminar - Global Energy and Resources Transition: Trends, Challenges and Response

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On 22nd and 23rd May, CEPMLP celebrated its 40th anniversary with a two-day Seminar “Global Energy and Resources Transition: Trends, challenges and response”. The seminar brought together 174 delegates including alumni, students, and professionals from over 45 organisations across the globe to debate the future development and policy implications of global energy and resources transition. In his opening remarks, Professor Peter Cameron welcomed the delegates by giving a brief account of the achievements over the Centre’s 40 years history. He also highlighted the strategies for the next 40...

Our 15th Mining Seminar - back in Dundee!

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On 5th and 6th April we welcomed friends and colleagues to our traditional Mining Seminar, now in its XVth edition. This year, we co-organised the seminar jointly with Luleå University of Technology and Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR). Elizabeth Bastida shared leadership in the design of the academic programme with Professor Magnus Ericsson and Sven Renner (BGR). The seminar brought together researchers and practitioners - from the public and private sector, international organisations and civil society - to discus emerging questions and findings from research, practice a...

DOLFIN Directors Deliver Short Course at IMLI in Malta

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Professor Pieter Bekker, CEPMLP Chair in International Law, and Robert van de Poll, a CEPMLP Honorary Lecturer, presented a Short Course on “The Law and Science of Maritime Boundaries” at the invitation of the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) in Malta on 20-21 April 2017. IMLI, which was established at the University of Malta under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations Specialised Agency, is directed by Professor David J. Attard, who also serves as a Judge on the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) in Hamburg. The IMLI Short Cours...

New Publication - Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trend

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CEPMLP Research Fellow, Gokce Mete, has recently been published in “Energy Transitions: Regulatory and Policy Trends” which highlights the recent developments in EU energy law and underlying policy aspects that shape the regulatory approach to energy. By acknowledging the multidisciplinary nature of energy law, its close relationship with policy issues and its development as an evolving new sector-specific legal field, this book reflects the multifaceted nature of EU energy law by focusing on the most topical issues of EU energy law and policy today. Access the publication here...

CEPMLP is Number One!

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The University of Dundee’s Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) has been rated the best place in the world to study energy law. The LLM Guide, a respected online ranking which compares Master of Laws courses worldwide, placed Dundee at the top of its Energy Law 2017 list. It praised the breadth of courses available at CEPMLP and noted its four decades of expertise in energy law programmes. Professor Peter Cameron, Director of CEPMLP, said, “We are delighted by this recognition, which once again shows that Dundee is a world-leading centre of energy law scholarship. &l...

What Trends in Regulating the Mining Sector? - Sharing Insights from Research and Practice

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The traditional Dundee Mining Seminar, now in its XVth edition, provides a forum for researchers and practitioners - from the public and private sector, international organisations and civil society - for discussing emerging questions and findings from research, practice and new and ongoing initiatives relevant to the mining sector. As usual, the seminar starts with a review of the state of the mining industry, and will reflect on the challenges of resource management in the post-super cycle, in the context of an upwards turn of the industry cycle. This session will be followed by a Roundtable Discussion c...

CEPMLP Research Collaboration with Externado de Colombia University

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Milton Fernando Montoya Pardo, Research Director from the Mining and Energy Law Institute from Externado de Colombia University, was awarded a Newton Found Scholarship, granted by the British Council, in order to develop a post-doctoral research project with CEPMLP, under the supervision of Director Professor Peter Cameron. His research project "The New Reality of Local Authorities’ Participation in Mining Projects in Colombia: Interpretation of Constitutional Principles, New Opportunities and Participation Mechanisms" provides answers to the complex relationship between the developmen...

CEPMLP Honorary Professor Carol Dahl visits centre

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Our newly appointed honorary professor Carol Dahl visited the centre recently. Professor Dahl is also a Senior Fellow in the Payne Institute of Earth Resources and Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor in the Mineral and Energy Economics Program at the Colorado School of Mines, USA, an annual visiting Professor in the Economics Program, Luleå University of Technology, and an Adjunct Professor at the Academy of China Energy Strategy, China University of Petroleum-Beijing. On 1 February, Professor Dahl gave a talk at the staff seminar on “White Knights or White Elephants: Modelling and Evaluat...

Visiting Speaker: Ms Mireille Toulekima

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Ms Mireille Toulekima is the managing director of the independent energy consulting company MT Energy Resources Pty Ltd based in Perth (Australia). A petroleum engineer by background, Mrs Toulekima received her Bachelor of Sciences from ISERPA (Institut Superieur de Recherche en Production Automatisee) in France (1995) and a Diploma in Applied Management from the Australian School of Management (2011). Ms Mireille Toulekima visited CEPMLP recently to present an informative talk ”Local Content Key Enabler for Oil and Gas Projects in Emerging Markets”.  The talk was chaired by Dr Manny Macat...

CEPMLP Alumnus named as Minister Designate for Lands and Natural Resources in Ghana

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The President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo Addo, has named John-Peter Amewu as the Minister designate for Lands and Natural Resources. John Peter Amewu was born in Hohoe, Volta Region in Ghana.  John-Peter Amewu is 48 years old and is married with three children. He has an MBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana. He also has a Postgraduate Degree (Executive MBA in International Energy Industry Management) and a Masters (Petroleum Law and Policy) from CEPMLP. He has more than 15 years’ experience in Government, Private Sector, Civil Society and International Development Organizations. John -Peter is ...

Energy Industry Scholarship Winner welcomed to CEPMLP

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CEPMLP were delighted to welcome Mohamed Fatih Ali Sheikh to the Centre on Monday to commence his LLM in Mineral Law and Policy.  Mohamed was the winner of a full 'Energy Industry Scholarship' jointly funded by Shell and ExxonMobil in cooperation with the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Somalia which attracted more than 150 applications.  Applicants had to be Somali or of Somali origin if living in diaspora. On successful completion of his studies, Mohamed will return to Somalia to work for the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources for a minimum period of two years....

Ghanaian Scholarship Winner embraces Winter!

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CEPMLP student, Dennis Asare from Ghana, experienced his first snow ever last weekend! An International Student Ambassador and winner of the GSA/UoD prestigious scholarship last year, told us he stayed up most of the night to watch the snow. "It was magical, I have seen it on films before but never in real life. I am so happy to see it, it makes me want to jump with joy!"...

4th Annual ITA-IEL-ICC Joint Conference on International Energy Arbitration - The Call for Specialised Arbitrators, Forums and Procedures in Energy Arbitration

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The 4th Annual Joint Conference took place last week in Houston with a panel discussion on the benefits and risks of tailoring international arbitration for energy disputes.  A panel moderated by Tomas Vail (White & Case, London), and comprising Professor Peter Cameron , CEPMLP Director, Ginny Castelan (King & Spalding, Houston), Lauren Friedman (Kirkland & Ellis, New York), and Aaron Rofkahr (Chevron Upstream, San Ramon) considered the use of specialised fora for energy disputes, lists identifying experienced energy arbitrators, and bespoke procedural rules, like time limits on rendering ...

Professor Bekker Quoted in Upstream Magazine

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Professor Pieter Bekker, CEPMLP Chair in International Law, was quoted in the December 2016 issue of Upstream, the leading paper in oil and gas.  In an article entitled “Ghana shows way as African model,” Africa Correspondent Barry Morgan describes the recent peaceful transition of government in Ghana and addresses the outlook for Ghana’s oil and gas industry.  View the article here While the article observes that Ghana’s “reserves may soon exceed 7 billion barrels of oil in place, alongside 6 trillion cubic feet of gas,” it notes that “activity has falle...

Internationalisation Activities in China

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Dr Xuanli (Janet) Liao, Senior Lecturer at CEPMLP travelled to China recently to engage in internationalisation activities on behalf of the University of Dundee. Visiting Beijing, Nanjing, Xiamen and Hangzhou she presented lectures to overseas education agents, visited university campuses and attended education fairs. She also joined University of Dundee Principal Pete Downs and Vice Principal Internationalisation Wendy Alexander, to meet with the China University of Petroleum Beijing (CUPB) team in Beijing and the Beijing Alumni gathering. During her stay in Beijing, Dr Liao was invited to deliver a talk ...

CEPMLP Alumnus Appointed Chairperson of AIPN Pakistan Sub Committee

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  CEPMLP Alumnus, Ms Sara Muhammad Malik (LLM Energy Law and Policy, 2009), has been appointed as Chairperson of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) subcommittee in Pakistan. The Association successfully held their first event in Pakistan in November 2016.  Titled 'Contracting LNG into Pakistan - A Commercial and Legal Perspective', the event gathered all industry stakeholders and international consultants.   The Honourable Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources, Mr. Khaqaan Abbassi was the key note speaker and was followed by Mr.Fernando (DWF Dubai) and Ms. Ju...