Prior EENR Spotlight Events

The EENR Center has hosted spotlight events and speakers since its inception in 2008.  Some of our prior events include:

UHLC student wins World Bank writing award


University of Houston Law Center student Jessica Ireton is the winner of an international writing competition sponsored by a division of the World Bank for her article exploring the use of WikiLeaks cables as evidence in arbitration hearings.

Ireton, who will graduate in December, has focused her studies at the Law Center on international arbitration, international legal issues, and the energy sector.

The 2014 Student Writing Competition hosted by the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank includes a $1,000 award. Her essay will be published in an upcoming issue of the ICSID Review—Foreign Investment Law Journal, one of the foremost periodicals on foreign investment law and international investment dispute settlement.

Ireton’s article, “The Admissibility of Evidence in ICSID Arbitration:  Considering the Validity of WikiLeaks Cables as Evidence,” proposes that international arbitral tribunals operate in a new transnational legal environment rather than the traditional international law environment.  It then considers how such tribunals might treat the admissibility of WikiLeaked diplomatic cables and similarly sensitive evidence.

She was encouraged to consider the treatment of WikiLeaked evidence within the developing body of transnational legal theory by Visiting Professor Julian Cardenas while taking his course on International Investment Law.    

The ICSID-appointed panel of judges included three experts in the field of international investment arbitration, Dr. Ahmed El-Kosheri, Professor Andrea Bjorklund, and Ms. Mahnaz Malik.

Ireton will join the firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka as an associate in the Energy section after graduation.



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...


HeadshotEENR Speaker for Spring 2013

Dr. Matt Tejada, the new Director of EPA's Office of Environmental Justice and the long-time Executive Director for Air Alliance Houston, spoke on environmental justice and air quality issues on Feb. 20, 2013. You can listen to an audio broadcast of his presentation here.

You can also find more background information on Dr. Tejada's lecture here.


BalagiaEENR Speaker for Fall 2012

The EENR Center proudly welcomed Jack Balagia, the General Counsel of ExxonMobil Corporation, as our Fall 2012 EENR Speaker on Oct. 30, 2012.    more...



Federalist Society logoDebate on Climate Change Science.  On Feb. 28, the E&E Law Society and the Federalist Society sponsored a session on "Examining the Science of Climate Change: Are Man-Made Greenhouse Gas Emissions the Cause?"  The discussion featured dual presentations by Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon - State Climatologist for Texas and Regents Prof. at Texas A&M Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, and Dr. Willie Soon - Astrophysicist and Geoscientist at the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. more...


Justice Swatanter Kumar, Supreme Court of India, at the Law Center

Justice Swatanter Kumar of the Supreme Court of India visited our Climate Change Law class on March 5, 2012. You can view a webcast of his guest lecture on Indian constitutional law and environmental issues here



EENR CenterEENR Center Profiled.  Local PBS affiliate KUHF recently profiled the EENR Center.  You can review the video broadcast here.



EENR Event: U.S. Supreme Court Moot Argument on Climate Change. On Jan. 19 at noon to 2:00 pm, the EENR Center hosted a mock U.S. Supreme Court oral argument on climate change tort liability. Our distinguished panel of judges included Ken Starr, John Cruden and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips.  Our advocates were Rick Faulk (chair of Gardere Wynne's Litigation Section) and noted appellate attorney David Axelrad.

You can watch a videocast of the argument here.  more...


Al LucasCanadian energy law expert joins the Law Center as Scholar-in-Residence.  Prof. Al Lucas from Calgary Law School joined us as a Scholar-in-Residence for eight weeks beginning Oct. 3.  Prof. Lucas is an expert in Canada’s energy and environment laws, and he helped develop conferences on the Keystone XL Pipeline, oil sands and other key issues during his stay here.

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