Cameron, Peter


  • United Kingdom

  • 46 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
1994 …2021
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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. 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 Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. 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 a handful of lawyers in Scotland to sit as an arbitrator at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). Peter is currently finalising the second edition of his book, 'International Energy Investment Law: The Pursuit of Stability' (Oxford University Press, 2010), which examines legal mechanisms for the provision of long-term contract stability. In 2017 his study of good governance, 'Oil, Gas and Mining: A Source Book for Understanding the Extractive Industries', was published by The World Bank and has since been downloaded almost 27,000 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 grants for research, most recently from the UK Department for International Development.

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.


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 social aspects of these contractual forms. He also supervises a number of PhD students.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Laws, University of Edinburgh


  • K Law (General)
  • energy, oil, gas, mining
  • development

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Projects 2013 2021

Research Output 1994 2019

Mediating International Energy Disputes

Cameron, P. & Kolo, A., Aug 2019, Mediation in International Commercial and Investment Disputes. Titi, C. & Gomez, K. F. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

business relationship
1 Citation (Scopus)

Across the universe of shale resources-a comparative assessment of the emerging legal foundations for unconventional energy

Cameron, P., Castro, J. F. N., Lanardonne, T. & Wood, G., 1 Aug 2018, In : Journal of World Energy Law and Business. 11, 4, p. 283-321 39 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

best practice
Shale oil
regulatory approach
10 Citations (Scopus)
138 Downloads (Pure)

Oil, Gas and Mining: A Sourcebook for Understanding the Extractive Industries

Cameron, P. D. & Stanley, M. C., 6 Jun 2017, 1 ed. Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group. 321 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
sustainable development
developing world
1 Citation (Scopus)
125 Downloads (Pure)

Stabilization and the impact of changing patterns of energy investment

Cameron, P. D., 1 Oct 2017, In : Journal of World Energy Law & Business. 10, 5, p. 389-403 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
4 Citations (Scopus)
193 Downloads (Pure)

A review of energy law education in the UK

Heffron, R., Roberts, P., Cameron, P. & Johnston, A., 3 Oct 2016, In : Journal of World Energy Law & Business. 9, 5, p. 346-356 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access



Peter Cameron (Recipient), 1 May 2013

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2012 2016

Extractives Hub

Peter Cameron (Member)
7 Jan 201630 Apr 2019

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

International Energy Arbitration Centre

Peter Cameron (Contributor)

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Extractive Industries Source Book Project

Peter Cameron (Advisor)

Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy


Adjustment to the International Legal Regime on Regulation of Accidental Pollution from Offshore Petroleum Operations

Author: Amaduobogha, S. W., 2015

Supervisor: Vinogradov, S. (Supervisor) & Cameron, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

An Analysis of Petroleum Contract Renegotiation under Changed Circumstances

Author: Namdar Zangeneh, M., 2016

Supervisor: Dow, S. (Supervisor) & Cameron, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Applying principles of administrative law to investor-state treaty arbitrations

Author: Mata-Garcia, C. R., 2012

Supervisor: Cameron, P. (Supervisor) & Desta, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


A theory of configurative fairness for evolving International legal orders: linking the scientific study of value subjectivity to Jurisprudential thought

Author: Behn, D., 2013

Supervisor: Cameron, P. (Supervisor) & Desta, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Connecting the dots: A systemic approach to evaluating potential constraints to renewable electricity technology deployment to 2020 and beyond in the United Kingdom

Author: Wood, G. C., 2013

Supervisor: Dow, S. (Supervisor), Cameron, P. (Supervisor), Ross, A. (Supervisor) & Rodley, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy