Affiliated Faculty Update

KBH Center Distinguished Oil and Gas Scholar Professor Owen Anderson spoke at the UT Law CLE 2017 Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law on April 13—the day before the 43rd Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute. Professor Anderson spoke on the key provisions in an oil and gas lease.

Professor Anderson also chaired a panel at the OU Law School Oil and Gas, Natural Resources, and Energy Journal Symposium on April 7 on the Future of International Oil and Gas Investment, Law & Policy. Panelists included John Lowe, George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, David Percy, Professor and Borden Ladner Gervais Chair of Energy Law and Policy, University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and Shelby Bush, General Counsel of Hillwood Energy.

Professor Ernest Smith was a panelist on the Future of Domestic Oil and Gas Law & Policy panel.

Professor Smith also recently published two articles in the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law, one on solar energy in Texas, the other on the traditional oil and gas lease.

Professor Anderson was reelected as Vice President of Education of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), an independent not-for-profit professional membership association that supports international energy negotiators around the world and enhances their effectiveness and professionalism in the international energy community.

Professors Smith, John Dzienkowski, Bob Peroni, and Anderson (along with Professors John Lowe at SMU Dedman School of Law and David Pierce at Washburn University School of Law) have submitted a manuscript to West Academic, the nation’s leading provider of law books, academic products, and legal reference materials, for a new one-volume treatise: Oil and Gas Law and Taxation

The interdisciplinary course on Law, Finance, and Science of Global Energy Transactions, which is being taught by Professor Anderson and KBH Center Associate Director Dr. John Butler, is winding up its last two weeks. Students in the Jackson School of Geosciences’ Energy and Earth Resources Graduate Program, MBA students from the McCombs School of Business, and JD and LLM students from the School of Law have worked in teams in making a multi-million dollar investment in petroleum blocks in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. They submitted team reports to their company Board of Directors (Longhorn Petroleum Corp.) this past week. They are now preparing to conduct final contractual and investment negotiations with the Kurdistan Regional government.

Professor Anderson will lead a panel on May 17 at the second annual AIPN International Petroleum Summit in Houston, Texas, that will discuss Coming Disruption in the Energy Sector, caused by increasing electric vehicles, improvements in electricity storage, and increasing investment in wind and solar.

He will deliver several lectures at the University of Melbourne the week of May 14, as well as a lecture on May 22 to the Australian Institute of Energy on the energy policies of the Trump Administration.

Professor Anderson will also give lectures on decommissioning, service contracting, and regulatory compliance in New Plymouth and Wellington, New Zealand, on May 24-26. RSVP here. View event announcement here.

His work on pore-space ownership was cited and relied upon by Professor Jianlin Chen as part of her ongoing research. See Jianlin Chen, Optimal Property Rights for Emerging Natural Resources: A Case Study on Ongoing Atmospheric Moisture, 50 University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 47 (2016).