The EENR Center would like to recognize and thank our current sponsors:

Blank Rome LLP
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

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

Professor WeaverProfessor Weaver (sitting, third seat from the left) spoke at the International Law Institute's program on International Oil and Gas Development in Washington DC on May 5 and 6, 2014. The ILI program is directed by Georgetown University School of Law and Guly Sabadi, a partner at the Dentons law firm.  The two-week ILI program brought together leaders from government ministries and agencies in countries with oil and gas production, including Kenya, Mozambique, Uganda, Nigeria, and Madagascar, for intensive learning and dialogue on many aspects of international petroleum contracting, financing, dispute resolution, natural gas development and power development. The Institute fostered dialogue among the participants who exchanged opinions based on their experiences in the diverse countries represented. The young man standing to the left of Professor Weaver is Kenyon Weaver, an associate at Dentons, who spoke on stabilization provisions.  And yes--he is Professor Weaver's son!

The University of Houston Law Center, through its Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, co-sponsored an event on Mexican legal reforms with Weatherford International.  The event featured Mexican legislators, commissioners from the petroleum agency, academic experts and lawyers representing companies, all of whom were able to engage in dialogue about the Mexico reforms and what the future is likely to bring, especially in terms of private investment in the Mexican petroleum industry.  Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar Julian Cardenas and A.A. White Professor Jacqueline Weaver attended and joined in the discussion with the audience and panelists. Adjunct Professor Ricardo Colmenter, the General Regional Counsel Western Hemisphere for Weatherford, sponsored and hosted the seminar. Click here for more information.

Featured in the photo are Prof. Rosado (right), Prof. Weaver (center) and Tatiana Motta (left)

Prof. Jacqueline Weaver participated in several events in Rio de Janeiro on December 9 and 10, 2013, organized through CEDPETRO, a center of excellence in the study of energy law in UERJ, the State University of Rio de Janeiro. The events were organized by Prof. Marilda Rosado de Sa Ribeiro, who teaches Petroleum Law in the Private International Law program of UERJ. The visit also allowed an exchange of ideas about unitization of oil and gas fields with ANP, the National Petroleum Agency of Brazil.

Featured in the photo are Prof. Rosado (right), Prof. Weaver (center) and Tatiana Motta (left),a federal attorney positioned within ANP who graduated from the Masters of Law program in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law at the University of Houston Law Center in 2009.  Ms. Motta recently worked with ANP in the first bid round for the Pre-Salt areas under the new production-sharing regime.

Prof. Weaver spoke on "The Role of the Regulator in Offshore Safety: Best Practices," which traced the regulatory and other changes to business-as-usual after the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. She also spoke on the Resource Curse to a class of law students at UERJ and met with the students doing advanced legal research work there and with the Vice Dean about promoting further exchanges of students and professors. She answered many questions about shale gas development in the U.S. because Brazil has recently conducted a bid round that may usher in shale development.


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).


EENR Archive Calendar of
Prior Environmental Events in Houston

Research & Publication

Barrett Schitka, UHLC 2015, is the winner of the 2014 Association of International Petroleum Negotiator's (AIPN) annual writing competition. His article, titled "Applying Game Theory to Oil and Gas Unitization Agreements: How to Resolve Mutually Beneficial, Yet Competitive Situations," is now published in the Journal of World Energy Law and Business and can be accessed here.  Barrett will be attending the annual international AIPN conference in Budapest, Hungary in October as a guest of the AIPN.  UHLC students have a pattern of winning papers in this competition and have enjoyed the all-expense paid trips to the annual conferences in many cities around the world. Barrett is one of the first students to enroll in the University of Calgary-UHLC's International Energy Lawyers Program, launched three years ago to allow students in the two energy capitals to graduate with a JD degree from both schools in four years. In May 2015, he will have graduated from both schools.

"International Law and Mexico’s Energy Reform”

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.  

Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar Hosts Petroleum Transaction Law Discussion

Julian Cardenas Garcia 118 TUIIOn 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.

Andrews Kurth Energy Scholar Comments on LNG Export Policy

Susan  SakmarProf. 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...

UH-Calgary International Energy Law Program

University of CalgaryThe University of Houston Law Center and the University of Calgary Law School have established a new International Energy Law Program . This program allows graduates to sit for the bar in both the United States and Canada. more...



A team of five students from the University of Houston's student organization, the Energy Association, was awarded first place for their efforts in aiding top executives from Azerbaijan 's oil and gas industry during a recent energy case competition.  The winning team included UH law graduate Shanisha Smith, pictured above, and finance senior Nirav Sheth, MBA student Jennifer Schwegman, supply chain management junior Mit Trivedi, and MBA student McLean McGregor. Shanisha competed while obtaining her Masters of Law degree in Energy, Environment and Natural Resources from the Law Center.

AIPN Student Writing Competition winner John Riggs, a JD student at the Law Center

AIPN Student Writing Competition winner John Riggs, a JD student at the Law Center attended the AIPN's International Conference in Singapore in October 2013, having earned the all-expense paid trip with his winning essay on "Investment Protection in Colombia: Can Investors Rely on the Full Protection and Security Clause?"  He is pictured here with the other winner, Leanne Desbarats from the University of Calgary.

Research Scholar from Brazil at the Law Center

Alberto LopesAlberto Lopes, a LLM student from the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) more...

International Guest Speakers in the
Transnational Petroleum Law in Latin America Course

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...

EENR Professor Hester Opens University of Houston Associate Professor Lecture Series

Tracy Hester 142 TUIIOn 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...