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Julian  Cardenas Garcia

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Julian Cardenas Garcia

Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar

Julián Cárdenas García is a Venezuelan attorney and Doctoral Fellow at the Research Center on Investment and International Trade Law (CREDIMI) at the University of Bourgogne, Dijon, France. Prior to this position, he served as career diplomat at the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs for nearly six years, working on sovereign boundary issues and multilateral affairs related to the Organization of American States and the United Nations.

He currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Andrews Kurth Energy Law Scholar, at the University of Houston Law Center where he teach the courses Transnational Petroleum Law in Latin America (Spring) and International Investment Law (Fall). His research focuses mainly in three issues: international investment arbitration, best practices in the petroleum industry and transnational petroleum law.

Professor Cárdenas has developed a scholarly activity between France, the US and Latin America within the last six years, working research on international petroleum transactions and investment law. He was Visiting Scholar at the University of Houston Law Center in 2010 and Visiting Professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) Law School in the summer of 2013, teaching a course on international investment law. He has presented the results of his research at the UH Law Center, Cornell University Law School, Sciences Po – Paris, the Brazilian Petroleum Institute (IBP) and the CEPMLP of the University of Dundee.

He has been retained as expert on Venezuelan law in international arbitration claims in the upstream petroleum sector in Venezuela, and has been involved in ICC, AAA and ICSID arbitration cases related to direct foreign investments and international construction projects in the downstream petroleum transactions.

He is the author of a number of articles and arbitration decision comments published at the Houston Journal of International Law and the Journal du Droit International, Clunet. He is liaison member of the CREDIMI for the Extractive Industries Source Book, an initiative to promote education and information of extractive industries best practices in resource-rich developing countries.

He completed his Law Degree and a B.A. on International Relations at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and holds a Master of Laws in Arbitration from the Sorbonne University - Paris II Pantheon-Assas, and a LL.M. with a Certificate in Energy, Environment & Natural Resources Law from the University of Houston Law Center.

Professor Cárdenas has been violinist in different symphony orchestras in Venezuela and France, and currently he plays as violinist at the Texas Medical Center Symphony Orchestra in Houston.