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Blank Rome LLP
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Vinson & Elkins LLP

Collaborating co-sponsor
with the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law
ENTRA Energy Transactions LLC

The Houston law firm of Connelly Baker & Wotring LLP provided initial funding to create the EENR Center, and we gratefully recognize them as a  Founding Partner.

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The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center

The Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center links energy issues with impacts on environment and natural resources. Building on the academic excellence of the faculty in these areas and the complex and multi-faceted energy and environmental issues in Houston, the Center provides a forum for education and discussion of the most important issues of the day, such as climate change, air pollution, clean coal and renewable energy.

News and Events

Second Houston Annual Conference Oil and Gas Investment Arbitration 2015
40 Years of the Lex Petrolea

Oil rig

Friday, October 30, 2015. Hotel Four Seasons, Houston.

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Further information:

Conference Website: . Texas CLE Available- 3 Credit hours

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Keynote Presentation Celebrating the 40 years of the Lex Petrolea and The Hague Academy Conference: “The Legal Regime Created by Petroleum Participation Agreements”, The Hague, 1975
By Prof. Ahmed El-Kosheri,

Dr. Ahmed S. El-Kosheri will present his view of the last 40 years of oil and gas Arbitration and contracts, based on his extensive career advising the main actors of the industry and acting as arbitrator in landmark cases that go from the Aminol v. Kuwait case to the ExxonMobil v. Venezuela Case. The study of the Lex Petrolea proposed by El-Kosheri at the Hague Academy Course in 1975, represented an avant-garde idea in the study of the legal regime of the petroleum industry. Today, in a globalized economy, his approach has gained acceptance and proved to be at the heart of the idea of a transnational law that governs investments in the petroleum sector.


Dr. Ahmed S. El-Kosheri, Senior Partner of Kosheri, Rashed and Riad Law Firm, is Professor of Law and former President of the International University for African Development (Alexandria, Egypt), former ad hoc judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Member of the International Counsel for Commercial Arbitration since 1986, Vice-President of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of Arbitration (ICC) since 1998, Member of the Redesign Panel on the UN System of Administration of Justice (Feb.1 – July 31, 2006). Dr. El-Kosheri also serves on the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Conciliators and of Arbitrators (ICSID).

EENR Archive Calendar of
Prior Environmental Events in Houston

Research & Publication

Tracy Hester spoke on March 14 in New Delhi at the National Green Tribunal’s international conference on global environmental issues. He addressed the application of international coercive measures to control possible climate engineering research and projects. On March 11, he helped organize and participate in the inaugural Energy Infrastructure Conference jointly sponsored by the UH Bauer School of Business as well as the Law Center. He also chaired the quarterly meeting of the Texas Environmental Research Consortium’s Board of Directors on March 5.  And on February 16 through 18, he participated in the Institute of Energy Law’s annual board meeting in Houston as the representative for UH Law Center.

Susan Sakmar has been selected to serve on the European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction (Unconventional Hydrocarbon Network (UHN), https://ec.
. Authorized by the European Commission, the purpose of the UHN is to bring together experts from around the world to collect, analyze and review results from unconventional gas and oil projects.  Professor Sakmar also attended the kick-off meeting of the UHN in Brussels on February 23-24.  Work on the UHN will take place over the next three years. Professor Sakmar also participated in the "Shale Gas in a Low Carbon Europe –The Role of Research” Conference held in Brussels at the European Commission on February 23.

Jacqueline Weaver was invited to lead a seminar class at the University of Calgary's School of Law new "Eminent Speakers in Energy Law" Course on February 2, 2015. The course, funded with a grant from a prominent law firm, invites energy law scholars to the UC campus to meet with faculty and students and also enjoy a weekend in Calgary. She led a discussion of safety management systems used in the oil industry, particularly in offshore operations.


UHLC student chosen for prestigious EPA internship

Spencer Taylor, a 2L graduating from the Law Center in spring 2016, will intern with EPA Region 2 field office’s CERCLA/Superfund Division this summer. Taylor previously interned with the Harris County District Attorney’s office in the Environmental Crimes section, and currently serves as Professor Hester’s academic research assistant where he has researched a wide variety of environmental issues.