Comparative Offshore Oil & Gas Conference: UK-Norway-USA – LSU LAW CENTER

Presented by the LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources and the Center of Continuing Professional Development

March 12-13, 2015

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Earn up to 9.0 CLE credits with your paid registration, or register as a student, faculty member, or non-CLE registrant for cheaper options. LSU Law students and faculty may attend at no charge.

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The LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources at the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center will host its first Comparative Offshore Oil & Gas Conference on March 12-13, 2015. In World terms, the major, longstanding offshore producing systems in the developed world are the UK, Norway, and USA (OCS). The purpose of this conference is to bring together legal experts from these three countries to examine salient aspects of the offshore regulatory system of each nation and conduct comparisons.

The conference will focus on four significant themes.  On the first day, specialists from the three nations will discuss the Oil & Gas Licensing systems.  The second day will focus on Third Party Access to Offshore Infrastructure, License (Lease) Terms, and Environment and Health & Safety.

The conference will prove invaluable for US in-house counsels, commercial negotiators, and outside counsels presently involved (or considering involvement) in the UK and/or Norway.  The conference will also serve as a valuable refresher course for US corporates and advisors engaged in or considering OCS business.  For academics, students, and others, the conference will provide an invaluable, comparative review of how things are done differently (even much differently!) in different countries.

The speakers are separately working on articles which will be published after the conference in a special edition of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources.  The registration fee includes access to all sessions and a copy of the special edition when it is published.  CLE credits for attorneys and  certification credits for LSU Law students in the Energy Law Certificate Program are available.

World energy demand is forecast to mushroom in the decades ahead, and that has generated a massive worldwide effort to discover and produce ever-deeper and more complex petroleum reservoirs. Yet the price of oil has fallen by more than half since June 2014. Beyond classic economic issues of (over) supply and demand, the offshore sector in the US, and indeed worldwide, is still reeling from the cataclysm of Deepwater Horizon. This conference will educate delegates in their own systems and bring an appreciation of how others answer what are always the same fundamental questions. At a time of great change, the time to undertake this conference is now, and the right place is LSU. Let discussion and ideas flow!


The University of Aberdeen, UK
The law firm of Bond Dickinson LLP, UK
The University of Oslo, Norway.
The law firm of Arntzen de Besche Advokatfirma AS, Norway
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA)

Networking Reception generously supported by a Grant from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation


Topics and Speakers: (subject to change without notice)

Thursday, March 12, 2015 (2:00-5:00 PM)
The UK, the Wood Review, and Massive Change – Uisdean Vass, Professor John Paterson
Oil & Gas Licensing – Anthony C. Marino, Uisdean Vass, Professor Catherine Banet, J.T. Nesser

5:00-6:15 PM Reception and Networking in the Student Lounge

Friday, March 13, 2015 (8:30 AM-4:45 PM)
Third Party Access to Offshore Infrastructure – Jana Grauberger, Uisdean Vass, Torkjel Kleppo Grondalen, David H. Sweeney
Oil & Gas Terms – Dana E. Dupre, Greg Gordon, Torkjel Kleppo Grondalen, Michael P. Darden
Environment, Health & Safety – David Hunter, Professor John Paterson, Dag Erlend Henriksen, L. Poe Leggette


Location: LSU Law Center, McKernan Law Auditorium (1 East Campus Drive, Baton Rouge)

Credits: Earn up to 9.0 Louisiana CLE credits, 9.0 Texas CLE credits , or 9.0 Mississippi CLE credits. Need credit for another bar or professional association? We will work with you to report to those entities; fill out the registration form in this brochure, and be sure to complete the portion for “other states.” Or, sign up for other state/organization CE credits at the seminar. Please know your bar/association membership numbers.


Parking: Due to changes in LSU’s parking policy, we are no longer able to reserve the parking lot next to the Law Center for seminar parking.

Free parking is available in the North Fraternity Lot on West Lakeshore Drive (#8 on the map), a 7-minute walk to/from the Law Center.  Before parking, you must first obtain a free parking permit in the Visitor Center (#10 on theUnion Square map). The Visitor Center hours are 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Vehicles without a permit will be ticketed.

Metered parking in the new Union Square Garage is available for weekday parking at a reduced rate of $6.00/day (normally $1.50/hour) with parking purchased in advance through LSUcle. The garage (#9 on the map) is located next to the Law Center.  Parking must be purchased from LSUcle with registration in advance of the seminar. Beginning at 7:00 a.m., a parking guard will be stationed at the entrance to the garage with a list of paid attendees and will direct attendees to the proper area of the garage.  Discounted parking will not be available for onsite purchase in the garage.  However, visitors without prepaid parking may park in a numbered spot and pay at one of the kiosks located on Level 2 and Level 3 before leaving the garage on foot.  The onsite fee is $1.50/hour.

Directions to the Union Square Parking Garage can be found here.

Hotel Accommodations: Click here for a list of Baton Rouge hotels.

Seminar Materials: Written materials will be provided in electronic format only. Instructions on how to download PDF materials will be included in your confirmation letter, sent via email and snail mail immediately upon registration.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation requests must be received in our office in writing, by email, fax, or mail, no later than 4:30 p.m., on March 5, 2015, to receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee. Requests must be addressed to our office: LSUcle, LSU Law Bldg., Room W203, 110 Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0106, and may be faxed to (225) 578-5842 or e-mailed to