Richard McLaughlin, Affiliate Scholar of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, was an invited speaker at the Sixth Annual Celebration of the Day of the Oceans held June 6, 2014 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Dr. McLaughlin made a presentation entitled “The Future of Transboundary Hydrocarbon Development in the Gulf of Mexico,” which examined the legal and policy implications of deep-water drilling near the U.S./Mexico maritime boundary area in the Gulf of Mexico and how these activities will likely be affected by Mexican energy reforms. The event, which included individual presentations and panel discussions by over 35 of Mexico’s leading marine scientists, government officials, and military leaders, was sponsored by the Consorcio de Instituciones de Investigación Marina del Golfo de Mexico y del Caribe (CIIMAR), a consortium of academic marine institutions in Mexico that encourages collaborative marine scientific research in the region.
McLaughlin is an Endowed Chair for Marine Policy and Law at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of México Studies (HRI) at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, and Co-Director of Phase 1 of the Center for U.S. and Mexican Law’s Gulf of Mexico Transboundary Resources Project. The Gulf of Mexico Transboundary Resources Project was developed to identify potential areas of regulatory conflict that could endanger the environment of the Gulf of Mexico. McLaughlin oversees the USA research of the project.
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The conference agenda and Dr. McLaughlin’s PowerPoint presentation are available here: