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Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP)


CEPMLP is an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of energy and natural resources law and policy. Its in-house team of economists allows for a multi-disciplinary approach to teaching, research, and consultancy. Its focus is on how governments, business, and communities can use finite and renewable resources to transform lives for the better, respecting unique contextual features and the highest ethical standards.


CEPMLP provides assistance to governments, including Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, and Uganda, with institutional capacity development. It also partners with institutions in these and other countries to teach courses on, amongst other things, petroleum and mining governance.


CEPMLP also leads the EI Source Book project, which aims to provide developing states with technical understanding and practical options around development issues in the oil, gas, and mining sectors.

Negotiation Support General

Regional focus:

Mostly Africa and Latin America. Limited engagement in Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia.

Assistance criteria:

Host governments must be committed to improving governance.

Sector focus:

Extractive sector

Electricity and gas

Collaboration with partners:

Yes - The EI Source Book was a collaboration with the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), Pact (US), Global Witness (UK), Natural Resource Governance Institute, the International Council of Mines and Minerals (ICMM) (UK), the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France), Adam Smith International, the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) (Accra, Ghana), and the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment.

A project on the role of Chinese oil companies in developing hydrocarbons in Africa was carried out jointly with The Open University, the UK Department of International Development and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Types of expertise:

The CEPMLP has both in-house staff and draws from a vast network of global faculty and associate institutions to provide the following types of expertise:

  • Legal (but not negotiations strategy)
  • Economic/ financial analysis, modeling
  • Good governance (anti-corruption/ stakeholder engagement)
  • Fiscal and tax management
  • Management skills
  • Settlement of energy disputes in conjunction with the Scottish Arbitration Centre

Number of in-house experts:

 Currently 14 full time staff of lawyers and economists and two part-time lawyers.

Length of involvement:

Generally short term interventions such as workshops or on-site visits to provide technical support. However, CEPMLP staff and associate faculty may be engaged for a longer period of time when providing advisory services.

Fee/non-fee based support:

CEPMLP staff members or associated faculty may charge a fee for advisory services. Costs must be covered.

Funding is required for attendance at one of CEPMLP’s courses; however some scholarships are provided.

Speed of response:

Generally around 6 weeks.

Practical constraints:

Availability of financial, human resources, and on-campus duties

Types of negotiation support

Setting the Legal & Policy Framework Stage:

Yes - assistance with policy formulation and reform of legal and regulatory frameworks.

Pre-Negotiation Stage:

Yes -CEPMLP staff can provide advice in relation to project feasibility studies, model contracts, tender documents, and financial structures.

Contract Negotiation Stage:

CEPMLP staff do not provide direct contract negotiation assistance, but do review and provide advice on legal and contractual provisions.

Implementation & Monitoring Stage:


Advancing Knowledge-Sharing and Management:

Yes – CEPMLP leads the EI SourceBook project, which focuses on sector policy, legal, and regulatory development and administration, fiscal issues, and their linkages to broader impacts across the economy. The Source Book is principally intended for use by senior government officials and decision makers in parliaments, and by supporting domestic and international technical specialists.

CEPMLP also established a Knowledge Partnership, which includes partnerships with a range of universities and academic centers.

CEPMLP also partners with other academic institutions to collaborate on teaching, research on knowledge exchange. For example, in November 2015, the University of Dundee signed a MOU with the Senators of the Federal Government of Brazil acting through the Institute for Legislation of Brazil to carry out collaborative research, and to organise short courses and distance learning in the area of Energy and Natural Resource Law and Policy. 

CEPMLP also established a Knowledge Partnership, which includes partnerships with a range of universities and academic centers.

Provider Type:

Support Providers