UHLC's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center unveils speaker series for fall semester

Local and international experts explore legal and other issues and challenges facing today's energy industry

Sept. 22, 2016 - The University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center invites the energy community in Houston to attend its upcoming events of 2016.

"These events show our commitment to contribute to national and international research and education on environmental, energy and natural resources issues," said Professor Darren Bush, director of the EENR Center.

In collaboration with the Law Center's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law, the series begins with the "First Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue" on Oct. 7 at the Hilton University of Houston. Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver is the keynote speaker and will present remarks titled "The Role of the Regulator." Additional speakers include regulators from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the Railroad Commission of Texas as well as energy industry academics and experts. 

"The 'First Inter-American Hydrocarbons Regulators Dialogue' seeks to create a nexus to promote exchanges between government agencies, academia and the private sector in the oil and gas industry," Bush said.

The second conference will be held Oct. 13-14 at the Law Center and will be conducted by Peter Roberts, partner at Orrick-London. "English Law and its Use in Petroleum Contracts" will be the first EENR speaker series program on applicable law. Roberts is the author of "Petroleum Contracts: English Law and Practice," which had a second edition published by the Oxford University Press in July.

Also on Oct. 14, the EENR Center will host "Water Law and Endangered Species in Texas," at the Law Center. The conference will examine the growing issue of water use requirements intended to protect endangered and threatened species in Texas. The event will feature speakers from the law firms of Bracewell and Irvine & Conner, St. Mary's School of Law, and the Texas Water Foundation.

The final event, "The New Power Sector in Mexico," will be held on Dec. 2 at the University of Houston, and will be co-organized by the Law Center's Center for U.S. and Mexican Law. The conference will focus on the transboundary impact of Mexican energy reform on U.S. and Mexican transactions. Dr. César Hernández Ochoa, Mexico's undersecretary for electricity of the Ministry of Energy, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Click here for more information about the EENR Center's upcoming events.

Media contacts: Carrie Anna Criado, UH Law Center Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, 713-743-2184, cacriado@central.uh.edu; John T. Kling, UH Law Center Communications Manager, 713-743-8298, jtkling@central.uh.edu; Elena Hawthorne, Multimedia Specialist, 713-743-1125,ehawthor@central.uh.edu; and John Brannen, Senior Writer, 713-743-3055, jtbranne@central.uh.edu.

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