Oil & Gas

HSF Consultant Antonio Pastor’s book published: “The economic relevance of the settlement of maritime boundaries between States. The role of insular formations”

Herbert Smith Freehills' consultant Antonio Pastor is pleased to announced the release of his book  'Delimitation of maritime boundaries between states. Insular formations and low-tide elevations' (TIRANT LO BLANCH, Valencia, 2017). Commenting on the book, Antonio said: "There is an … Continue reading

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Filed under Arbitration Proceedings, Boundaries and Delimitation, China, ITLOS, News, Oil & Gas, sovereignty, State to state claims, UNCLOS

Doing business in Africa: human rights and crisis management

Stéphane Brabant, Partner, and Yann Alix, Senior Associate, have published an article on doing business in Africa, focussing on the need for investors taking a long-term view to consider human rights implications and crisis management. To read the full article please click here. This … Continue reading

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Filed under Africa, Business & Human Rights, Crisis Management, International Human Rights, Mining, Oil & Gas

Interim agreement between Federal Government of Iraq and Kurdistan Regional Government on oil exports, yet major differences and legal proceedings persist

These are challenging times for Iraq. The Islamic State or ISIS controls thousands of square miles of territory and major Iraqi cities such as Mosul, Tikrit and Falluja. While leading the offensive against ISIS and enjoying the support of international … Continue reading

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EU sanctions update: EU extends sanctions against Syria and amends sanctions against Libya and Somalia; further developments relating to Ukraine/Russia

Herbert Smith Freehills has published the latest edition of its Sanctions Update e-bulletin on recent developments in various international sanctions regimes. At EU level these are relatively limited: The EU has announced additional sanctions in respect of the situation in … Continue reading

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Upcoming webinar: Instability in Iraq and the implications for international energy contracts

Tuesday 21 October 2014, London, Dubai, Tokyo 9.30 – 10.30am BST 12.30 – 1.30pm GST 5.30 – 6.30pm JST As the turmoil in Iraq shows no sign of abating, our panel of expert speakers draw from their own experience in … Continue reading

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Filed under Oil & Gas, State Contracts, Stabilization Clauses and Disputes

Cutting through the politics of the Scottish Independence Referendum: The International Law Implications of Independence Audio Webinar

As Scotland is poised to decide on its future, a number of questions remain unexplored and unresolved in the politics of the Referendum debate. In our July 2014 webinar, “Cutting through the politics of the Scottish Independence Referendum: The International … Continue reading

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Filed under Boundaries and Delimitation, EU Law, Europe, Oil & Gas, Scottish Independence, State succession, UNCLOS

Panel speaks on international and private law implications of the creation of new States

With the question of independence on the agenda in Scotland and Kurdistan to name only two, the possible creation of new states has potentially significant ramifications for business, and particularly investments, risk assessments and contracts. Today a panel comprised of … Continue reading

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European Commission publishes oil and gas sector guide: corporate responsibility to respect human rights

The European Commission has published guidance for companies in the oil and gas sector on meeting the corporate responsibility to respect human rights under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). The guidance sets out the steps … Continue reading

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Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights

Given the increasing importance that multinational corporations attach to human rights obligations, we have published an article entitled ‘Why IOCs are paying attention to soft law on human rights’ in the Herbert Smith Freehills journal, Energy Exchange. Please click here … Continue reading

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