Julian Cardenas Garcia
Research Assistant Professor
Professor Cardenas joined the University of Houston Law Center in 2012 as an Energy Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center (EENR Center), focusing on transnational oil and gas transactions. At UHLC he teaches the courses Transnational Petroleum Law; Transnational Investment Law and Arbitration; Diplomacy and Geopolitics of Oil and Gas; and Global O&G Service and Procurement Agreements. As a visiting professor, he has taught investment law and arbitration in the O&G sector, and O&G industry practices at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) in Brazil; the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL) in Monterrey, and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México – ITAM, in Mexico City, Mexico; the University Paris Sud, France; and the University Externado, in Bogota, Colombia.
He works frequently with companies, public authorities, and governments in various areas of oil and gas law and policy. At the EENR Center, he is the coordinator of the "Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue," an initiative conceived to create a nexus between national hydrocarbons agencies, the private sector, and the academia.
He has been retained as an independent expert in international arbitrations regarding the upstream petroleum sector in Venezuela and has also been involved in ICC, AAA and ICSID arbitration cases concerning downstream petroleum transactions, direct foreign investments, and international construction projects.
He is a conference speaker on oil and gas investment law and arbitration matters, best petroleum industry practices, and geopolitics of the oil and gas. He has been a guest speaker in conferences related to these issues in the U.S., Canada, France, Scotland, the Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Gabon, and Kuwait. Also, Professor Cardenas is frequently interviewed by media outlets on Latin American affairs and oil and gas industry matters.
Before joining the EENR Center, he worked as foreign legal clerk at the Arbitration Department of Dewey & Leboeuf, Paris, and also served for nearly six years as a career diplomat for the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, working multilateral affairs with the Organization of the American States (OAS) and the United Nations (U.N.) and bilateral affairs on sovereign boundary issues. He works effectively in Spanish, French, and English, and has some working proficiency in Portuguese.
He holds a law degree and a B.A. in International Relations from the Universidad Central de Venezuela; a Master of Laws in Arbitration and a Diplôme Superieur d'Université in Business Law from the Sorbonne University - Paris II Pantheon-Assas; and an LL.M. with a Certificate in Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center. He was a Doctoral Fellow at the Research Center for Investment and International Trade Law (CREDIMI-CNRS) at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France.
Professor Cárdenas is a violinist who has played with different symphony orchestras in Venezuela, France, and the U.S. He has performed at the Berlin Philharmonie, the Carnegie Hall, and the Sorbonne Amphitheatre, among other venues.