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Campaign Funding Priorities and Naming Opportunities

Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law

The goal of the Center is to become the world’s leading research and teaching organization in the areas of energy, international energy and dispute resolution, and environmental law. The world today faces an energy challenge of unprecedented proportions. Developed and rapidly developing nations are focused on securing sources of oil and natural gas to fuel their economies while countries with significant petroleum reserves assert the sovereign rights of nations to self-determine the extraction of their natural resources. Disputes between sovereign nations and investors, as well as commercial arbitrations in the energy sector, are growing rapidly, both in frequency and magnitude. At the same time, developed and developing countries alike must grapple with the realities of global climate change, water and air pollution, and myriad threats to biodiversity associated with energy production. Typically, the search for new and secure sources of energy takes place against a backdrop of environmental concerns and challenges.

The Center will catalyze the interdisciplinary study of energy, including international energy transactions, dispute resolution, and environmental law, science, and policy. We will bring together students, faculty, practitioners, and government officials from the United States and countries around the world who are interested in developing and applying innovative approaches to energy and environmental challenges and dispute resolution.

Naming Opportunities

Name Program$10,000,000
Endowed Faculty Chair$1,000,000
Visiting Scholar, Professor or Practitioner $1,000,000
Lecture Series$500,000
International Conference (every 2 years)$500,000
Faculty Fellowship$150,000
Faculty Excellence Endowment$100,000

Named endowment levels are based on budget requirements and an annual spending rate of approximately five percent of the value of the fund. Non-endowed (current use) gifts for the funding priorities listed above are welcome at all levels, and will be recognized in an appropriate way.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Tom Henninger, Director of Development, at (512) 232-0729, or