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Association of International Petroleum Negotiators Student Scholarship Program – Application Deadline is May 8, 2015

Student Scholarship Program

Created in 2009, the AIPN Scholarship Program awards well-qualified students in financial need who possess the potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations. Up to 16 scholarships are awarded annually in honor of long-time member and contributor Gordon Barrows. Each scholarship is in the amount of $5,000, split $2,500 for each semester, and paid directly to the winner’s university. Scholarship applications are reviewed annually by committee.

Qualified applicants may be working towards an energy, commercial or law degree, but must be attending a university that supports the AIPN by having a professor on AIPN’s Education Advisory Board, which comprise:
Agostinho Neto University (Angola)
Colorado School of Mines
Coventry University
Penn State University
Rice University
Rio de Janeiro State University
Robert Gordon University
Southern Methodist University
South Texas College of Law
Texas A&M University
Texas Tech University
The IFP School (France)
University of Alberta
University of Bonn

University of Calgary
University of Denver
University of Dundee

University of Houston Law Center

University of Oklahoma
University of Qatar
University of Texas at Austin
University of Tokyo, School of Law
University of Tulsa
University of Western Australia
University of Marmara
University of Lagos
Uppsala University
Rutgers University
Queen Mary, University of London
Norwegian University of Science and Technology 
University of Eastern Finland
The following criteria will be used by the Scholarship Committee: 
  • Potential to make a significant contribution to the field of international oil and gas negotiations
  • Academic ability
  • Leadership and negotiation ability
  • Year in school
  • Financial need

2015 Scholarship Program

Deadline to apply: May 8, 2015
Winners Announced: On or around June 26, 2015

Download the 2015 Scholarship Application

Download the 2015 Briefing Document and Checklist

Download the 2015 Reference Letter

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Texas Law students win honorable mention for their memorandum for claimant at 2015 Vis (East) Moot in Hong Kong

Each academic year, the KBH Energy Center sponsors a team in the premiere moot court competition focused on international dispute resolution, the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

This year, Texas Law’s team competed in the Vis (East Moot), which was held in Hong Kong on March 16-22, 2015, and won an honorable mention for its memorandum for claimant. Ashleigh Acevedo, Lauren Miller, Josh Nosal, David Presley, and Xin Zhang competed on Texas Law’s team. They were coached by Garrett Martin (UT JD ’14), a judicial law clerk at the Supreme Court of Texas.

About the Moot

Because of the international business community’s marked preference for arbitration as the means for resolving trans-border commercial disputes, the Vis Moot was created as a clinical tool for training law students in crucial aspects of the procedure: research, drafting and advocacy.

The goals of both the Vis (East) Moot and the original Vis Moot in Vienna are the promotion and study of international commercial arbitration and the training of tomorrow’s legal leaders in methods of alternate dispute resolution.

Structure of the Moot

Law students participate in two separate but equally important phases: the research and writing of memoranda for both claimant and respondent, and oral arguments based upon the memoranda. Both phases are judged by panels of international arbitration experts. The Moot problem always involves a contract dispute arising out of a transaction relating to the sale and purchase of goods under the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG). The problem involves a different set of arbitration rules each year. Both the Vienna and Hong Kong Moots use the same problem and rules and some law schools send teams to both events.

In the pairings of teams for each general round and in the drafting phase, Moot organisers make every effort to have civil law schools argue against common law schools, so each may learn from approaches taken by those trained in another legal culture. Similarly, the teams of arbitrators judging both the memoranda and the oral rounds are from both common law and civil law backgrounds.


World-renowned expert in international commercial transactions and dispute settlement procedures, Willem Vis was born in Utrecht in the Netherlands and graduated from Leyden University and Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Learn more about the history of the Vis Moot.

Attorney Joseph Fitzsimons gives distinguished lecture at KBH Energy Center on balancing property rights, energy production, and the environment

Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons gave a distinguished lecture on April 7, 2015 at the KBH Energy Center at UT Austin. Fitzsimons gave an excellent overview of some of the key issues that landowners and oil and gas companies deal with in Texas and the challenges that accompany the presence of endangered species on the land, as well as other environmental concerns.

Joseph Fitzsimons (UT JD '85) gives a distinguished lecture at the KBH Energy Center
Joseph Fitzsimons (UT JD ’85) gives a distinguished lecture at the KBH Energy Center

Mr. Fitzsimons is a natural resources, oil and gas, and water law attorney at Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton PLLC in San Antonio, as well as third-generation South Texas rancher. He is a graduate of the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a past chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

View a PDF of Mr. Fitzsimon’s PowerPoint Presentation.

Texas Law Professor Alan Scott Rau, Renowned Scholar in Arbitration and Contract Law, Invited to Give Prestigious 2019 Lecture Series at Hague Academy of International Law

March 25, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Law Professor Alan Scott Rau, who holds the Mark G. and Judy G. Yudof Chair in Law and is a renowned scholar in arbitration and contract law, was recently invited to give the prestigious 2019 lecture series at the Hague Academy of International Law. Professor Rau is first member of the current Texas Law faculty (and only the second in Texas Law history) to be invited by the Academy to give these prestigious lectures.

Professor Alan Scott Rau
Professor Alan Scott Rau

Established in 1923, the Hague Academy of International Law is a leading center for teaching and research in public and private international law. The mission of the Academy is to further the scientific study of the legal aspects of international relations.

Since the Academy does not have a permanent teaching staff, its scientific board, whose members are all internationally renowned legal scholars, invite academics, practitioners, and diplomats to teach courses. The board’s goal is to promote scientific knowledge of international law to further peace, development, and cooperation through its programs.

Among his many distinctions, Professor Rau was also a distinguished visiting fellow at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University School of Law in London last fall. During his visit to the Centre, Professor Rau gave a talk on “Different Cultural Models of Arbitration.”

Professor Rau gave a number of other presentations last year. In February, he delivered a presentation on “Arbitrators without Powers,” at the 17th Annual International Bar Association (IBA) International Arbitration Day in Paris. Two months later, he was in Miami discussing “Gap-Filling by Arbitrators,” at the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Annual Conference. Professor Rau returned to Paris in May to talk about “Asymmetrical Arbitration Clauses” at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute Spring Conference and again in June to teach a special course on “Delimiting the Powers of Course and Arbitrators” at the International Academy for Arbitration Law. The Arbitration Academy was created to address the increasing demand for specialized teaching in international arbitration and provides advanced summer courses in Paris to students and young practitioners in international arbitration.

Professor Rau is an affiliated faculty member in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business at The University of Texas at Austin.

View Professor Rau’s scholarly papers.

David Spence “Texas Local Control Bills Rankle Muni League,” (NGI’s Shale Daily)

The NGI’s Shale Daily quoted Texas Law Professor David Spence in an article about the bills recently introduced in the Texas legislature intended to thwart local municipality interference with oil and gas drilling, provoking the ire of the Texas Municipal League. While oil and gas law in some other states explicitly mentions that it is the last word on regulation of such matters and preempts measures enacted by local jurisdictions, Professor Spence told NGI’s Shale Daily: “You don’t really see anything like that in the Texas oil and gas law,” he said. “You don’t see that kind of strong, explicitly preemptive language in the law in the way it’s drafted now, which is probably why, given the Denton ban, you’re starting to see bills in the legislature to make it clear that the state oil and gas law preempts local bans.”