Letter from the Director

Welcome to the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law! The Center is dedicated to the exploration of ideas—ideas for resolving disputes related to energy development and production, for improving dispute resolution through international arbitration, and ideas for addressing the environmental impacts associated with energy. Through the Center, the Law School has expanded its commitment to providing courses related to energy, international arbitration, and environmental law, giving JD and LLM students a rich opportunity to specialize in one or more of these areas, and explore the connections between them.

The University of Texas is uniquely situated to establish the Center. Texas is the largest state producer of oil, gas, and wind power. It contains one-fourth of the nation’s refining capacity. But it also emits more greenhouse gases than any other state, and more than all but six countries in the world. At the Law School, in addition to world-class expertise in international arbitration, we have one of the most distinguished energy and environmental faculties in the nation. Moreover, we are thrilled that a number of prominent practitioners are associated with the Center as members of our advisory board, guest lecturers, and visiting professors. Their involvement, combined with our faculty, enable us to offer a premier classroom experience to students.

We host and sponsor many events, including workshops, conferences, and speakers that bring together academics, advocates, and policy makers to discuss and analyze issues related to energy, international arbitration, and environmental law. The center is engaged in research on a number of issues, including oil and gas law, the law of wind energy, incentives for renewable energy, and the policy implications of climate change for the Endangered Species Act.

I invite you to use our web site to keep abreast of the Center’s activities. I hope to see you around the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law soon!

Sincerely,

Melinda Taylor