The Houston law firm of Connelly Baker & Wotring LLP provided initial capital to create the EENR Center, and we gratefully recognize them as a Founding Partner. The EENR Center would like to recognize and thank our current sponsors:
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Blackburn Carter, P.C.
Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
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.
On November 6, the UHLC student chapter of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators held a successful discussion of careers in the international oil and gas industry, with more than 60 students attending. The distinguished panel of speakers included Jim Barnes (partner in Barnes & Cascio), Jose L. Valera (partner at Mayer Brown), Anthony F. Newton (partner, K&L Gates LLP), Elvis Angyiembe (Regional Compliance Counsel, Weatherford International, and Marco Padilla (Senior Counsel, Ethics & Compliance, Weatherford International).
The State Bar of Texas, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section sponsors 6 paid internships with 6 state agencies: The TCEQ; Office of the Attorney General (for environmental protection); the Railroad Commission; Texas Parks and Wildlife; the Texas General Land Office, and the Harris County District Attorney's Office (Environmental Crimes Division). The deadline for receipt of the application materials is October 30, 2013. The application is attached. Students must submit all three of the following: 1. Application form with affidavit certifying enrollment at UHLC this year; 2. unofficial copy of most recent transcript; and 3. updated resume. Visit www.texenrls.org/internship.cfm for the forms and see the attached. To repeat: Students must email or fax or upload to Simplicity their complete application packet of all 3 items, all at the same time or you will not have applied properly.
The Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation provides funds to member law schools to subsidize student travel to its conferences. The attached form provides detailed information about how to apply for travel funds. The program is funded through the Law Center's Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center. The EENR Center will provide a maximum of $700 per student to attend the Renewable Energy conference described below. Two students will be funded. If additional students apply, the EENR Center will consider additional funding from its own budget, in an amount to be decided later. The deadline for submitting your application to receive funding for this conference, following the attached instructions, is October 8, 2013. more...
Research & Publication
Visiting Professor Julian Cardenas participated as a guest speaker at the forum, “Preparing for Energy Reform: International Experiences and Considerations”, sponsored by the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, on October 3, 2013.
On April 24, Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar Julian Cardenas hosted a lunch panel discussion on New Legal Trends for Transnational Petroleum Transactions. The presentation included an international guest speaker, Dr. Alfredo De Jesus, Lecturer at the University of Versailles and the University of Paris XI, who addressed the legal theory of international petroleum transactions.
Prof. Cardenas also discussed his research on Best Industry Practices and Environmental Regulation for Offshore Petroleum Operations - A Contribution to the Study of the Lex Petrolea, and he presented a method for the applicability and enforcement of industry standards in the oil industry.
Prof. Susan Sakmar, an Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar and Visiting Assistant Professor at UH Law Center, recently submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Energy's proposed policy for exports of liquified natural gas. more...
Alberto Lopes, a LLM student from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) more...
An exchange between UERJ – UHLC more...
During the 2013 Spring Semester at the University of Houston Law Center, a number of special guests participated in the Transnational Petroleum Law in Latin America course, either through video conference or in person. more...
On April 25, Prof. Tracy Hester gave the opening presentation in the University of Houston's new Associate Professor Spotlight Lecture Series. He spoke on the emerging new law of climate engineering and other large-scale projects to modify the global climate. These proposed initiatives would theoretically offset the harmful effects of climate change, but they pose their own risks, ethical quandries and governance challenges. more...