Managing Disputes in the African Oil & Gas Sector


(Including: international boundary disputes, disputed investor rights, and contractual disputes)




In the light of the previous decisions of such third party adjudicatory bodies, this Masterclass will also look at how certain key provisions of African upstream petroleum agreements may be most effectively drafted in the future.


In this age of diminishing natural resources, the world’s petroleum reserves are increasingly hotly contested and this is particularly so in resource-rich Africa. As such, the oil and gas sector gives rise to more and higher value international disputes - whether at a State-to-State level, at a State/NOC-to-IOC level or at an IOC-to-IOC level. These disputes come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including as regards disputed boundaries, disputed investor rights and disputed performance of petroleum agreements. This Masterclass will examine how these disputes arise in Africa, how they may affect petroleum operations and how they may be satisfactorily resolved before international courts and arbitral tribunals.


Why Should You Attend?


•      Understand how international boundary disputes arise and impact upon the African oil and gas sector, and what options exist to resolve such disputes

•      Learn about the operation of Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs): How do they offer protection to investors in the African oil and gas sector? How do they lead to investment arbitrations?

•      Consider the available dispute resolution options under your upstream contracts in Africa; why is international arbitration usually favoured?

•      Discover which provisions commonly give rise to disputes under upstream agreements. How can you best draft key clauses to manage risk?




About the workshop leaders


Rodman Bundy (Partner at Eversheds) has over 30 years experience as counsel and advocate in high profile public international law litigations and international arbitrations, including appearances before the International Court of Justice, the Iran-US Claims Tribunal and various ad hoc, ICSID and ICC arbitral tribunals. Rodman lectures on international boundary disputes at King’s College, London University, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops on issues of public international law. He is also the author of various articles on such matters. He frequently advises oil and gas companies and State enterprises on issues concerning African upstream activities, including disputed boundaries, negotiation of PSAs and establishment of unitization and joint development regimes.


Will Thomas (Partner at Eversheds) specialises in public international law, investment arbitration and international commercial arbitration. He has particular experience in the oil and gas sector, in which his clients include States, State-owned entities and private multinational companies. Will’s contentious experience includes advising and representing parties in proceedings before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. He has also represented parties in numerous institutional and ad hoc arbitral proceedings. Will’s non-contentious practice includes advising both IOCs and NOCs on issues of international law and the drafting of upstream petroleum agreements. He is a regular speaker, including at the International Boundaries Research Unit (IBRU), at the International Foundation for the Law of the Sea (IFLOS) and at oil and gas industry conferences.


Andy Moody (Senior Associate at Evershedsspecialises in international arbitration, international litigation and international law. Andy has advised on many international disputes in the energy sector and previously undertook a secondment at Eni Gas and Power in Milan. Andy has conducted international arbitrations in London, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Geneva and Washington DC under the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, SIAC, CAS, ICSID and LMAA arbitration rules.


Company overview


Eversheds LLP and its worldwide offices have over 4,500 people providing services to the private and public sector business and finance community. Access to all these services is provided through 47 international offices in 29 jurisdictions. Eversheds combines local market knowledge and access with the specialisms, resources and international capability of one of the world’s largest law firms. Our unique combination of many years’ experience in Africa, our office in South Africa and our longstanding relationships with local law firms in over 40 African countries, means that our clients receive a consistent, tailored and high level of service wherever they need to do business in Africa. We are experts in acting as pan-African project managers for our clients. www.eversheds.com


Workshop programme

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Boundary Disputes in the African Oil and Gas Sector

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Bilateral Investment Treaties and Investment Arbitration in Africa

12:00 Networking Lunch

13:00 Contractual Dispute Resolution Under African Upstream Petroleum Agreements

14:00 Afternoon Tea

14:30 Drafting Key Contract Clauses to Manage Risk/Stabilisation and Force Majeure

15:30 Close of Workshop


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