Professor Peter Cameron

Professor in Law

Energy Environment and Society, School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

CEPMLP, Energy Environment and Society

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Peter Cameron is Professor of International Energy Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Peter joined the Department of Public International Law at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and subsequently was Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. At that time, he contributed to the establishment and early development of the Florence School of Regulation. In 2015 Peter was appointed Director of CEPMLP within the School of Social Sciences at the University. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Universities of Madrid (Autonoma), MGIMO (Moscow) and Singapore (NUS).

Peter played a leading role in establishing the International Energy Arbitration Centre in Edinburgh and also the UK Association of Energy Law and Policy. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; a long-time member of the International Bar Association and has served on several of its committees; and is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. He qualified as a barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple), and has regularly been asked by governments and investors to testify in litigation and international arbitral proceedings as an expert. He is one of a handful of lawyers in Scotland to sit as an arbitrator at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). In 2021 the second edition of Peter's book, 'International Energy Investment Law: The Pursuit of Stability' (Oxford University Press, 2021), was published. At 864 pages this is an exhaustive analysis of the field, paying considerable attention to the impact of the 'energy transition' on the protection of investment. His study of good governance, 'Oil, Gas and Mining: A Source Book for Understanding the Extractive Industries', published by The World Bank, has since been downloaded over 74,000 times as an e-book from the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (see Activities). He has written over 100 articles, papers and monographs, and has a track record of obtaining grants for research, most recently from the FCDO and Royal Society of Edinburgh. Peter's current work is a monograph on international arbitration and the energy transition to be published in autumn 2022 in the Global Energy Law & Policy series (Hart Publishing, Oxford). In 2022 he took over the role of editor-in-chief of the leading journal, Global Energy Law and Sustainability (Edinburgh University Press).

Peter was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013 and was made a Fellow of the Energy Institute in 2018. He is an honorary Professorial Fellow at his alma mater, Edinburgh University. He is Vice-President of the European Federation of Energy Law Associations and chair of its Scientific Committee.


International Oil and Gas Law and Policy is a core module in the CEPMLP curriculum, taught by Professor Cameron. It examines key contractual mechanisms that governments and international investors typically use to encourage and sustain investment in petroleum activities, as well as the environmental and social aspects of these contractual forms. He also supervises a number of PhD students.

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  • Energy