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UWI offers a Caribbean Perspective on Oil and Gas Law

For Release Upon Receipt - April 20, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago –  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.”  The conference takes place on April 30 and May 1 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. This event is sponsored by The UWI and bpTT.   

The conference will be facilitated by leading experts in the field of oil and gas law, including local, regional and international energy experts working within the field and in academia.  Participants can look forward to a keynote address by Senator the Honourable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs.  A wide range of presentations such as an overview of the current legal and regulatory framework of oil and gas legal rights in Trinidad & Tobago; price volatility and recent trends in oil and gas disputes; oil contracts; the treatment of land issues that relate to onshore exploration and production; Offshore Safety in the Gulf of Mexico: Opportunities for Cooperation in the Caribbean and many others. There will also be a panel discussion on environmental regulation in oil and gas exploration and production. 

Featured presenters are energy specialist Professor Peter Cameron, Director, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law & Policy and Co-Director, International Energy Arbitration Centre, University of Dundee; Professor Jacqueline Lang Weaver, Interim Director of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Centre at the University of Houston; Daniel J. Fitzwilliam, Attorney-at-law, Fitzwilliam, Stone, Furness-Smith & Morgan, Trinidad and Tobago; Managing Counsel for BP Trinidad and Tobago LLC Wendy-Fae Thompson; Terry Follen, founder and Principal of Hydrocarbon College and Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law and Lecturer, Alicia Elias-Roberts. 

Attendance to the conference costs US$800.  Special group packages are also available.  Payments can be made at the Faculty of Law at The UWI St. Augustine campus. For more information contact Zennille Swann at 662-2002 ext. 84019 or email  


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)