OGEL - Global Energy Law & Regulation Portal
The first issue of 2015 is our special on "Natural Gas Developments: An International and Challenging Legal Framework". Historically natural gas was not always a welcomed discovery. This has now changed and where the natural gas deposits are significant enough to justify investments, the deposits are welcome. However, the regulatory and contractual treatment of natural gas typically differs from that of oil. This special is going to explore some of these differences.
After three OGEL specials in 2014 - including the special on "Governance of Unconventional Gas outside the United States of America" and the World Bank Institute Learning Symposium in June 2014 - we continue 2014 with this regular issue which covers a variety of topics, including a look at the Eastern Mediterranean, the Geopolitics of Energy and the EU/Russia relation and other topics of interest.
This OGEL Special Issue on the Governance of Unconventional Gas outside the United States of America is edited by OGEL's Editorial Committee member Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed (Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore). The diversity of geography, political context and perspective will provide a good insight into the complexity and diversity of the challenges involved in the governance of unconventional gas. Not only did the contributing authors prepare their papers for this special, but many of them had the opportunity to present their work during a joint OGEL - World Bank Institute (WBI) learning symposium on the Governance of Unconventional Gas: Exploring How to Deliver Transparent Benefits in Non-OECD Countries, held at the World Bank Headquarters, Washington DC, 2-3 June 2014. We'd like to thank Michael Jarvis at the Governance of Extractive Industries Program of World Bank Institute (WBI) for this opportunity. This special also includes a summary of some of the outcomes of this symposium prepared by Mr Jarvis.
Energy Community is the primary instrument in EU external energy policy. The large number of contributions to this special on the Energy Community edited by Dr Dirk Buschle (Deputy Director and Head of Legal of the Energy Community Secretariat) illustrate the diversity and complexity of the topic. Instead of providing a coherent account of where the Energy Community stands today, this special provides numerous tie-ins for the future debate. It provides for an inspiring reading on the current issues and future options for the Energy Community. We are comfortable that this special issue will provide the basis for many fruitful discussions. OGEL would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Buschle and his colleagues at the Energy Community for their time and effort during the preparation of this special.
We kick off 2014 with a special on Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Production: Challenges and Responses edited by Simon Amaduobogha and Dr. Sergei V. Vinogradov of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee. It addresses the legal, economic, environmental and policy aspects of offshore exploration and production activities. The editorial provides an overview of the various contributions in this issue.
After four OGEL specials in 2013, we continue 2013 with this regular issue which covers a variety of topics, including a look at Brazilian Production Sharing Agreements (1st Production Sharing Bidding currently underway) and Prof. Dr. Andrey A. Konoplyanik shares his views on the antimonopoly investigation by the European Commission against Gazprom.
This special feature on Joint Operating Agreements & National Oil Companies: Challenges and Dynamics was edited by Dr. Eduardo Pereira (STR Holding). Recent changes in local laws in various countries set requirements for NOCs participation in oil and gas projects as "partners". As a result JOAs currently often have a NOC as a party to the agreement, this makes the JOA acquire certain specific characteristics. This special edition addresses the key issues between an IOC and NOC within a JOA.
The Eastern Mediterranean basin has become one of the latest areas of interest for the international oil and gas industry. The offshore fields in the area have great potential both in terms of economic activities and progress in the region as well as on an international political level. The objective of this special is to provide a picture of legal and regulatory issues involved and the "state of play" in the new oil and gas region.
Mirian Kene Kachikwu and Dr. Leon Moller (Robert Gordon University) edited this OGEL Special on Risks and Responses to Risk in the Energy Sector. It focuses on a number of key risks areas that are facing the international industry today. A number of topical papers are included ranging from academic to industry professionals, covering a wide range of issues in the subject area.
Rudiger Tscherning (College of Law, Qatar University, Doha) and Paul Rice (Pinsent Masons LLP, London) edited this OGEL Special on Nuclear Law and Policy. The editors brought up the idea for a special during the Future Energy Summit held at Qatar University in May 2012. On the back of intense and varied discussions on nuclear new build programmes, they decided that global developments on nuclear energy, and their legal and policy responses, called for a dedicated issue of the OGEL Journal.
After four OGEL specials in 2012, we continue 2012 with this regular issue which covers a variety of topics, including a number of papers looking at Unconventional Oil & Gas - one of which was awarded the D. Francis Bustin Prize - a look at India's Massive Grid Collapse of August 2012; China and several book reviews. Papers for the upcoming OGEL specials "Risks and Responses to Risk in the Energy Sector" and "Nuclear Law and Policy" are still welcome!
This OGEL Mini Special examines the Interface between EU Energy, Environmental and Competition Law. The articles approach these topic from various country perspectives (Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Spain). It responds to questions relating to the role of sector-specific energy regulation and general competition law, and it examines the sometimes uneasy relationship between competition, security and promotion of green energy production. It also covers Treaty amendments and developments in both the sector regulation and the case law, and includes issues on climate change, energy trading, and security of supply. Also included is a book published by Herbert Smith entitled "The European Energy Handbook 2012" edited by Mark Newbery and Silke Goldberg.
We are pleased to publish the 10-year special issue of OGEL. Founding editor of OGEL Thomas W. Wälde, wrote in his first editorial: "Oil-gas-energy law (OGEL) has over the last decade transcended national borders. With privatisation, restructuring, the emergence of competitive markets, cross-border energy trade and regional integration, legal instruments from one jurisdiction (countries; international organisations; professional and industry associations; civil society forums, internal corporate codes) have a bearing on others - they provide a model, a legal precedent, a directive, standard or guideline for further regulatory implementation." ... Much has changed in ten years but the trend identified by Thomas W. Wälde in his first editorial still continues to develop.
The articles in this Arctic Region: Boundaries, Resources and the Promise of Co-operation OGEL special address several areas essential to understanding current and future Arctic issues: - The legal regime, maritime boundary delimitation, and dispute resolution; - The geopolitics of Arctic developments; - The economics of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic; and The environmental issues associated with resource management and development in the Arctic. Edited by James Lloyd Loftis, Timothy J. Tyler and Adrianne Goins of Vinson & Elkins LLP this special is surely a valuable contribution to the ongoing international discussion about Arctic issues.
- Jan 28
- A Critical Appraisal of the Legal Framework on Licensing in the Oil and Gas Sector in Uganda
- Jan 19
- China's International Energy Strategies at a Time of Low Prices
- Dec 10
- What Do Low Oil Prices Mean for China's Energy Sector?
- Dec 03
- What's Tax Got To Do With It? The Yukos Tribunal's Approach to Motive and Treaty Interpretation
- Nov 26
- The China-US Climate Deal: the Challenges for China
- Nov 13
- The Rise of the National Oil Company - Implications for International Oil Companies
- Nov 07
- Evaluating the Libyan Gas Sector: Fiscal Policy and Contractual Terms
- Nov 07
- Comment: Evaluating the Libyan Gas Sector: Fiscal Policy and Contractual Terms
- Oct 21
- Fruits of the Poisonous Tree: The Admissibility of Unlawfully Obtained Evidence in International Arbitration
- Oct 21
- Mammoth Arbitrations: the Yukos Awards of 18 July 2014
- Oct 20
- China Acts to Restrict Coal Imports
- Oct 09
- Yukos and Contributory Fault
- Oct 01
- Political Risk Management in Natural Resources Projects in the MENA and the Latin American Regions
- Sep 30
- China's Urban Transport Challenges
- Sep 23
- Comment: Russian oil and gas in the new international context - sanctions produce effect, political consequences are still uncertain
- Sep 18
- Unconventional Energy Sources and EU Energy Security: A Legal, Economic and Political Analysis
- Sep 03
- Addendum OGEL 3 (2014): Prevention of and Response to Shale Gas Well Incidents: An Assessment of the Current UK Regulatory Framework for Shale Gas Activities
- Aug 25
- Bringing the House Down: Decommissioning Issues in Nigeria's Upstream Oil and Gas Sector
This learning symposium was the
first to focus on these governance considerations with a view to ensuring unconventional
gas is an effective contributor to sustainable growth
and development in non-OECD contexts. It built upon new research, with a focus on
articles from the special issue of the OGEL on "The governance of unconventional gas exploitation outside the United States".
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A Liber Amicorum: Thomas Wälde - Law Beyond Conventional Thought was published in 2009 by CMP Publishing Ltd. in honour of Thomas Wälde. The editors Jacques Werner and Arif Hyder Ali gathered an impressive collection of essays by practioners, arbitrators and professors who knew Thomas Wälde in a modest effort to capture Thomas' never ending interests. This book is now available on OGEL and TDM with the kind permission from the publisher. For subscribers the chapters are available as individual papers, all others may download the entire book as a free download.
We are looking for both short comments on recent developments of broad interest and longer academic style papers. We would like, such comments and papers to be backed-up by provision of in-depth notes and articles and primary legal and regulatory materials.
Given OGEL's role as the principal "Global Energy Law & Regulation Portal", we are looking to re-publish quality and relevant studies published elsewhere - and would appreciate help in identifying such studies and, where possible, get the authors' (or other right-holders') consent.
- International Taxation in the Energy Sector
Editor: Dr. Knut Olsen
- OGEL & TDM: Renewable Energy Disputes
Editor: Prof. Kim Talus
- Emerging Issues in Polar Energy Law and Governance
Editor: Dr. Tina Hunter
- Laws Regulating the Polish Energy Sector - Transition
Editors: Michal Domagala and Piotr Pszczel
- Natural Gas Provisions in Host Government Contracts
Editors: Dr. Pereira and Dr. Talus
See also are previously published specials.
Dr. Kim Talus, Editor-in-Chief
University of Eastern Finland,
Dr. Anas Alhajji, Moderator OGELFORUM
NGP Energy Capital Management (Texas)
Dr. Philip Andrews-Speed
Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore
Also see: Editorial Team.
The number of OGEL readers has been increasing from the start; these consist of major international energy companies, governmental organisations, law firms (mainly those with a claim to special competence in international oil, gas and energy regulation), international agencies and academic and think-tank institutions in the field of energy policy. A selection in random order:
You can find a more extensive overview here.
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Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
(CEPMLP, University of Dundee)
The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee is the internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy.
The interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy provides a unique perspective on how governments, business and communities operate, providing the professionals of today with the ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow.