Fall 2019
5371 International Petroleum Transactions - WRIGHT- 17827

Professor(s): Denney Wright (OTHER FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Energy, Natural Resources and Environmental Law 
International Law

Time: 7:30p-9:00p  TTH  Location: 3  BLB

Course Outline: International Petroleum Transactions provides an overview of the laws, contracts, and legal issues that arise between host governments and oil companies that seek to invest in and develop oil and gas owned by the host governments. The course includes: an overview of National Oil Companies (the largest reserve owners today), ascertaining title to the minerals, especially in federalist countries or countries with indigenous tribes; resolving boundary disputes between nations; a comparison of the most commonly used granting contracts (licenses, production-sharing contracts and service contracts); issues arising under the international Joint Operating Agreement; sustainable development in resource development, including social impact assessment, human rights issues and litigation, and liability for transboundary pollution and oil spills; anti-corruption laws and codes; international arbitration; and other issues as time permits. The course also provides a good background to the future of the western majors in the global context of international energy. The class will have several guest lecturers who are leading practitioners in specialized areas of international petroleum transactions, such as arbitration and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes:   

Prerequisites:  It is interesting to contrast international contracts with the private oil and gas lease system studied in Oil and Gas Law (which is largely Texas oil and gas law, including Texas regulation of oil and gas). But Oil and Gas Law is not a prerequisite and the system of private ownership is quite different from the international world.

First Day Assignments:

Final Exam Schedule: 12/07 9am-noon  211 TU2    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA 306:

Pass-Fail Student Election:

Course Materials (5/13/2019 8:03:08 AM)

Special Case


Upstream Government Petroleum Contracts

Author: King and Spalding

Publisher: Juris Publishing, Inc.

Edition: 2017


Student use of this title is Required

International Petroleum Fiscal Systems and Production Sharing Contracts

Author: Johnston

Publisher: PennWell

Edition: 1994

Format: Paper or Access Online thru UH Law librarian

Student use of this title is Recommended

Petroleum Fiscal Systems

Author: Jarlsby and Pereira

Publisher: PennWell

Edition: 2018

Format: Paper or Access Online thru UH Law librarian

Student use of this title is Recommended


Author: SMITH

ISBN: 9781882047482

Publication Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: ROCKY MTN