Nov. 13, 2014 -- Legal scholars and practitioners from across the United States and around the world explored the subject of international dispute resolution in the oil and gas sector recently in a conference co-hosted by the Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law Center.
Jacqueline Lang Weaver, A.A. White Professor of Law and interim director of the EENR Center, welcomed the 65 participants, including faculty from the U.S., Europe, and Latin America as well as arbitration experts from four Houston-based law firms and eight out-of-town firms. Julian Cardenas Garcia, LL.M. ’11, a visiting scholar at the Law Center, served as co-chair of the Oct. 31 conference held at the Hilton University of Houston on campus.
The day-long conference titled, “Oil and Gas Investment Arbitrations: Protecting Oil and Gas Projects against Political Risk,” was divided into four panels:
Co-sponsors of the six-hour CLE conference along with the EENR Center were the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center and the International Law Institute. Co-Chairs with UHLC’s Cardenas were Ian Laird, of Crowell & Moring LLP, (Georgetown ILI), and Frédéric Sourgens, Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center.
Panel 1: “Structuring Oil and Gas Investments in Mexico:” Fernando Cano, Squire Patton Boggs; Ricardo Colmenter, Entra Consulting; Jose Luis Herrera Vaca, Hogan Lovells; and Francisco Rivero, Reed Smith, and a UHLC Adjunct Professor.
Panel 2: “May national oil companies efficiently breach their contracts? The problem of applicable law:” Mark Stadnyk, Norton Rose Fulbright; Jennifer Smith, Baker Botts; Alfredo De Jesus O. , University of Paris Sud-CREDIMI; Diego Gosis, Gomm & Smith; Suyash Paliwal, White & Case; and Jennifer Price, King & Spalding.
Panel 3: “Frack that! Can investment treaties provide effective protections against fracking bans?” Timothy McCrum, Crowell & Moring; Sebastian Manciaux, CREDIMI-France; David Exstrum, Lario Oil & Gas Co.; David Pierce, Washburn; Teddy Baldwin, Baker & McKenzie; and Barclay Nicholson, Norton Rose Fulbright.
Panel 4: “Hey, that was my oil! Structuring against the risk of adverse continental shelf decisions:” Jennifer Permesly, Chaffetz Lindsey; Hugh Carlson, Three Crowns; Tai-Heng Cheng, Quinn Emanuel; Günther Handl, Tulane Law School; Jonathan Gimblett, Covington & Burling; and Baiju Vasani, Jones Day.