Cameron, Peter

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  • United Kingdom

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Biography

Peter Cameron is Professor of International Energy Law and Policy and Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Peter joined the Department of Public International Law at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, and subsequently was Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. At that time, he contributed to the establishment and early development of the Florence School of Regulation. In 2015 Peter was appointed Director of CEPMLP within the School of Social Sciences at the University. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Universities of Madrid (Autonoma), MGIMO (Moscow) and Singapore (NUS).

Peter played a leading role in establishing the International Energy Arbitration Centre in Edinburgh and also the UK Association of Energy Law and Policy, in both of which is a co-Director. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; a long-time member of the International Bar Association and has served on several of its committees; and is a member of the International Council of Commerical Arbitration. He qualified as a barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple), and has regularly been asked by governments and investors to testify in litigation and international arbitral proceedings as an expert. He is one of only two lawyers in Scotland to sit as an arbitrator at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), based in Washington DC. In 2021 the second edition of Peter's book, 'International Energy Investment Law: The Pursuit of Stability' (Oxford University Press, 2021), was published, with an expanded treatment of the subject, covering legal mechanisms for protection of all forms of energy and considering the impacts of the 'energy transition' on this subject. It presents an original perspective on energy investment law and through three very detailed case studies assesses the ways in which long-term energy contracts adapt to changes in government policy and regulation. His critical study of energy governance, 'Oil, Gas and Mining: A Source Book for Understanding the Extractive Industries', was published by The World Bank and has since been downloaded more than 71,000 times as an e-book from the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (see Activities). He has written over 100 articles, papers and monographs, and has a track record of obtaining substantial grants for research, such as from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (in excess of £2.5 million since 2010).

Peter was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013 and was made a Fellow of the Energy Institute in 2018. He is an honorary Professorial Fellow at his alma mater, Edinburgh University. He is Vice-President of the European Federation of Energy Law Associations and chair of its Scientific Committee.

Teaching

International Oil and Gas Law and Policy is a core module in the CEPMLP curriculum, taught by Professor Cameron. It examines key contractual mechanisms that governments and international investors typically use to encourage and sustain investment in petroleum activities, as well as the environmental and sustainability aspects of these contractual forms. All of this is considered in the context of the Energy Transition to a low-carbon economy. He also supervises a number of PhD students.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1981

Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh

Award Date: 1 Jan 1974

Keywords

  • K Law (General)
  • energy, oil, gas, mining
  • transition, renewable energy

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