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. Faculty at the University of Houston Law Center and its Center for U.S. and Mexican Law have had a long-standing relationship with ITAM and its educational programs.
Prof. Cardenas spoke about the interplay of international investment arbitration in the petroleum sector and the creation of transnational rules through international arbitration awards. The presentation illustrated the impact that international law could play when the Mexican parliament allows foreign investment in the upstream sector. Other members of the panel included Josefina Cortés, Professor of International Law at ITAM, David Enríquez, Partner, Goodrich, Riquelme y Asociados, and Gabriel Ruiz, International Energy Partner, Thompson & Knight, who presented their views on the Mexican law aspects of the reform.
The event included the participation of a multi-disciplinary group of speakers that gave presentations on the economic and political issues involved in the reforms that Mexico may implement in the coming months.