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Tulane Center for Energy Law

The Tulane Center for Energy Law was launched with a $2 million endowment gift from energy industry veteran and Tulane graduate Jim McCulloch, executive vice president and general counsel for Houston-based Forum Energy Technologies, and his wife, Susan.

Through the Center, Tulane Law aims to leverage its strengths in the related fields of maritime, environmental and international law to build a world-leading program in energy law.

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Center for Energy Law — Mission

The Tulane Center for Energy Law examines the exploitation, utilization and regulation of various sources of energy from an international and comparative law perspective.

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Center for Energy Law — People

Meet the team at the Center for Energy Law. 

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Center for Energy Law — Current Projects

The Center for Energy Law participates in international efforts to develop a more fundamental understanding of what constitutes “energy law” and to improve the efficiency of energy markets.

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Center for Energy Law — Featured Event

Tulane University will host its 3rd annual U.S.-China Energy and Trade Law Forum at Tulane Law School on November 2, 2018.

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Center for Energy Law — Academic Programs

As a leader in environmental legal education since 1979, Tulane offers the opportunity to study environmental and energy law in a dynamic natural, political and economic environment. 

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Center for Energy Law — Recent Publications

View a list of recent publications by Center faculty and staff.

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Center for Energy Law — Student Opportunities

Tulane's Center for Energy Law offers students a variety of opportunities to explore the energy sector in the Gulf Region.

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Center for Energy Law — Alumni Profiles

Tulane Law alumni are well represented in the energy sector--in our region, the nation, and the world.

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Recent News

International Team of Academics Examines Meaning of Energy Law

Tulane academics are participating in an international study that is trying to develop a set of guiding principles for energy law. Environmental law includes such principles and it is possible to distinguish a set of principles for energy law as well.

Renewable Energy Support Schemes at European Court of Justice

The latest chapter in the European saga of renewable energy support schemes and their more problematic elements is the case C-492/14 Essent Belgium from the European Court of Justice. Sirja-Leena Penttinen's article, "The Next Chapter in the Saga of Renewable Energy Support Schemes: Still 'a Certain Degree of Mystery'", which is published in the European Law Review, assesses the judgment in the light of preceding judgments such as Ålands Vindkraft and Essent Belgium delivered in 2014 and examines whether the recently delivered judgment clarifies the current state of play in any respect.

NGLs Interview with Eric Smith on Gas Strategies

Eric Smith from the A.B. Freeman School of Business’ Energy Institute comments on the developments in US natural gas liquids. He notes how record levels of NGLs production are creating troublesome bottlenecks in parts of the country, while also spurring big investments which add value to supply from the Marcellus shale.

InFocus

Tulane Law School is poised to reassert global leadership in energy law — a field of rapidly growing importance and one that is closely allied with Tulane’s signature strengths in admiralty, environmental and international law — through a series of innovative field experiences and related initiatives.