Inaugural Oil and Gas Law Conference

Event Date(s): 30/04/2015 - 01/05/2015

Location: Hyatt

The Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine campus presents "The Inaugural Oil and Gas Law Conference" with the theme “Key Legal Issues in Oil and Gas Law: A Caribbean Perspective.”  

This event is sponsored by The UWI and BPTT.

The conference costs US$800. Special group packages are also available.  

The conference will take place from 8am to 4pm on both days. To view the full programme, click here

Profiles of Conference Presenters

Professor Peter Cameron, PhD FRSE FCIArb; Director, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy; Co-Director, International Energy Arbitration Centre, University of Dundee, Scotland. He has concentrated primarily on oil and gas law in his career as an energy specialist. From 1991 onwards he was regularly employed by the World Bank as a consultant responsible for drafting oil and gas laws and model contracts, working in Poland, in Russia for the Yeltsin Government, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, and later in Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania. Subsequently, he worked closely with the Norwegian Government and through them assisted the Governments of Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Togo in drafting their hydrocarbons and gas legislation and, for a time, was seconded to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific at their headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple), and has regularly been asked by governments and investors to testify in arbitral proceedings as an expert witness.

Professor Jacqueline Lang Weaver, a Harvard graduate, A.A. White Professor of Law and Interim Director of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource (EENR) Centre at the University of Houston Law Centre.  Her teaching and research interests cover oil and gas law, energy law and policy, international petroleum, and environmental and natural resources law. She is a co-author of the nationally used casebook titled Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the treatise International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements (Barrows Publishing 2009). She also co-authors the Texas Law of Oil and Gas, a 3-volume treatise updated annually. Professor Lang Weaver has lectured on topics in international petroleum transactions in Africa (Uganda, Angola and Namibia), Kazakhstan (as a Fulbright scholar), Lisbon, Bangkok and Beijing and is a frequent conference speaker in the United States. She has written articles on energy markets, sustainable development in the international oil industry, comparative unitization laws in oil -producing nations, energy policy, and traditional oil and gas law topics. Professor Weaver holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a Candidate of Philosophy degree in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Centre.

Daniel J. Fitzwilliam, Attorney-at-law, Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan, Trinidad and Tobago. His legal career spans over 30 years. One of the foremost commercial attorneys in Trinidad and Tobago, his practice is particularly focused on Oil and Gas and Foreign Investment in major industrial projects. He has acted for and advised multiple oil and gas companies concerned with exploration, production and development projects in Trinidad and Tobago both onshore and offshore. He regularly advises on petroleum legislation, petroleum licences and production sharing contracts and has been involved in numerous large scale high profile transactions including multi-party farm-in agreements with split horizons, Government privatisation in the iron and steel industry, joint ventures in the liquefied natural gas, ammonia, methanol, offshore petroleum and construction industries, investments in an iron carbide facility in a free zone, a direct reduced iron plant, air separation plants, a power generation project, proposed aluminium and downstream plastics manufacturing projects, take-over bids on the Stock Exchange, and IPOs and merger and acquisition work over a wide range of industries.

As Managing Counsel for BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC Wendy-Fae Thompsonmanages a team of attorneys who provide legal counsel to support BP's global strategy and protect and defend BP’s operations in Trinidad and Tobago. The legal services include identifying, prioritizing and determining acceptable levels of risk in service of BP meeting the world’s energy needs and growing long-term shareholder value, significant interaction with key international business partners across major jurisdictions in which BP operates and development of and interaction with networks across BP’s businesses worldwide.

Ahren Tryon, Founder at Tryon Law Firm, Texas, USA. He is a seasoned corporate attorney and former federal agency counsel focused on the energy, water and infrastructure sectors.  He is a co-founder of TDG Energy LLC, which develops turnkey built, financed and operated clean energy projects that provide highly reliable and economic sources of power to industrial, commercial and government customers. TDG leverages its partners' years of experience in renewable and fossil generation asset development and transactions, along with expertise in regulatory, financing and site control issues to craft optimal solutions for each client. His boutique legal practice, Tryon Law Firm, combines complementary skills in transactions, regulation and litigation to help both corporate and government clients.  Tryon has worked with clients on US$30 million to $8 billion M&A and asset transactions, critical and long-range regulatory compliance issues, and administrative and court proceedings.

Terry Follen FCMA, CGMA, is the Founder and Principal of Hydrocarbon College - a joint venture of industry experts offering a range of courses specific to the oil and gas industry based in the United Kingdom. In an oil and gas career of over 30 years, he has lived and worked in the UK, Trinidad and Tobago, India and the Yemen leading, managing and developing multi-cultural and cross-functional teams. His industry experience includes Business Development, Investment Appraisal, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Joint Venture Audit, Economic Analysis, Business Analysis, Commercial Agreements, Stage Gate Assurance and negotiation of Production Sharing Contracts/Joint Operating Agreements.

Alicia Elias-Roberts is Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law and Lecturer. She is a graduate from the University of Guyana, where she obtained a LLB Law Degree. She is also the recipient of a Masters of Law (BCL) from the University of Oxford in the UK and an LLM in Energy, Environment and Natural Resource Law from the University of Houston in Texas, USA, where she was an OAS/LASPAU scholar. She also has a Certificate in Legislative Drafting from the Commonwealth Secretariat and the University of Guyana and a Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning from The UWI. She holds a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School and is admitted to practice in Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and New York. She has over 13 years’ experience as a law lecturer and was a former Head of Department of Law at the University of Guyana. More recently Mrs. Elias-Roberts developed a course on Oil and Gas Law at The UWI. The course is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental legal issues associated with the oil and gas industry and it is the first time that this course is being taught in the Commonwealth Caribbean.  

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