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An Intensive 5 Day Training Course

International Dispute Resolution &
Arbitration in the Oil, Gas &
Petrochemical Industry

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Code Date Venue Fee($)
CM117 29 Apr - 03 May 2019 Houston TX - USA 6,950
CM117 23 - 27 Sep 2019 London - UK 5,950

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Why Choose this Training Course?

The likelihood of disputes arising in the oil and gas industry is high due to the various types of contractual relationships that exist.  Further the costs of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation is extremely high as are the value of oil and gas contracts and parties to a dispute need to have the necessary knowledge and skills to firstly avoid where possible the disputes and alternatively to manage the whole dispute resolution process in an efficient and effective manner.

This training course provides in-depth information on the types of disputes that can arise and the several available methods of dispute resolution, which can be consensual, adjudicative or hybrid. The course further assists the participants to obtain effective skills in dispute management and conflict avoidance. Managing disputes using the most cost effective and efficient methods available would be a primary goal of the training during this course.

This Dispute Resolution and Arbitration training course is designed to be highly practical and includes hands-on workshop sessions and a mock dispute demonstration. This training course focuses on the available institutional rules or the ad hoc procedures and the implications this choice may have on the outcome of the dispute. Taking into account cultural considerations specific to each dispute, the course provides training on the choice of law, seat and venue for the arbitration.

This training course will highlight:


Training Objectives click here

What are the Goals?

At the end of this training course, you will:

  • Comprehensively understand the different types of dispute resolution methods
  • Understand the main dispute resolution clauses in international oil and gas contracts
  • Know the available mechanisms to resolving international oil and gas disputes
  • Be aware of the approaches to conflict, management, avoidance and settlement
  • Be able to assess and apply the best means to resolve disputes in different potential scenarios.

Target Audience click here

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge course will benefit all levels of personnel involved in resolution of oil and gas disputes.   It will enable a broad range of disciplines to appreciate and understand the complexities of conflict resolution in particular in the Oil and Gas industry, and how best to manage disputes in the oil and gas industry.

This training course is appropriate to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Legal managers, legal counsel
  • Commercial and Business managers
  • Contracts administrators, and managers
  • Commercial, financial and insurance professionals
  • Project and General Management

Training Methods click here

How will this Training Course be Presented?

Participants will gain greater understanding of the subject matter through presentations by an experienced international practitioner designed to both inform and broaden the perspectives of the participants. Case studies will be reviewed and discussed bearing in mind some of the realistic scenarios participants may encounter.  Interactive discussions to encourage discussion of problems and possible solutions to it. Participants will view different videos on dispute resolution.

Daily Agenda click here

Day One: Introduction to International Disputes in the Oil and Gas Industry

Competency Description: Disputes are inevitable in most oil and gas projects. A basic knowledge of the fundamentals on how disputes arise and how best to resolve them is essential know-how for all personnel involved in this area.

Key behaviours

  • Acquiring essential knowledge
  • Analysing the role of dispute resolution in international contract
  • Resolving Disputes as part of corporate strategy
  • Key leadership and management principles needed to manage arbitrations

Topics to be covered

  • Overview of types of disputes in the Oil and Gas Industry
  • Contribution of the oil & gas sector to the development of arbitration
  • Substantive/commercial issues that have arisen in recent oil & gas arbitrations
  • Preference for International Arbitration to Litigation
    • Neutrality of Process
    • Party autonomy
    • Cost Effectiveness and Speed
    • Enforceability of the Award
    • Confidentiality of Proceedings
  • International Arbitral Institutions
    • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Court of Arbitration
    • The London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
    • The American Arbitration Association’s International Center for Dispute Resolution (AAA) / ICDR
  • Ad Hoc Arbitration
    • Arbitration under UNCITRAL Rules

Day Two: Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Clauses in Oil and Gas Contracts

Competency Description: Properly drafted dispute resolution clauses and arbitration clauses are essential for resolving disputes without these well drafted clauses the parties can be in disarray. This skill is important for dispute resolution personnel in any company.

Key behaviours

  • Knowledge of the different types of dispute resolution clauses in oil and gas contracts
  • Acquire drafting skills to include in these contracts
  • Essential knowledge of different types of disputes in the oil and gas industry

Topics to be covered

  • Dispute resolution clause in:
    • Acquisition Contracts
    • Production Sharing Contracts
    • Joint Operating Agreements
    • Service Agreements
    • Charter Party
    • Analysis of various clauses
  • Disputes in the oil and gas sector
    • Disputes with host governments
    • Environmental claims
    • Shareholder value related issues
    • Regulatory issues
    • Boundary Issues
    • Trade restriction among others
    • Breach of contracts

Day Three: Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution

Competency Description: Essential to have a working knowledge of the of the legal environment in which oil and gas contracts operates and the legal framework within which International arbitration exists.

Key behaviours

  • Create an awareness of the oil and gas contract environment
  • Know the basics and framework of International arbitration
  • The role of conciliation and mediation as part of dispute resolution process

Topics to be covered

  • Legal Framework for International Arbitration
    • Arbitration Agreement or Clause
    • Arbitration Conventions and Investment Treaties
    • Arbitration Procedural Rules
    • National Laws
    • National Courts
  • Legal environment in which oil and gas contract operates:
    • Constitution
    • Domestic law
    • Common law
    • Civil law
    • Islamic law
    • International law
  • Multilateral and bilateral treaties
    • Energy charter treaty
    • Proper law of contract
  • Legal position of conciliation and mediation
    • Law of arbitration
    • Procedure of arbitration
    • Curial law of the venue of arbitration

Day Four: Various Modes of International Dispute Resolution

Competency Description: Acquiring a knowledge of the many various models used to resolve dispute, in international cross border matters. Understanding sovereign immunity and how it may apply to international disputes.

Key behaviours

  • Understanding the principles underlying the different models of dispute resolution
  •  Appreciating the benefit of each model for any particular dispute.
  • Gaining valuable hands-on experience of arbitration and mediation by participating in the mock mediation and arbitration during the session.

Topics to be covered

  • Expert determination
  • Mediation
  • Conciliation
  • Arbitration
  • Ad-hoc and institutional arbitration
  • Venue of arbitration
  • Enforcement of award
  • Sovereign immunity and other problems of suing foreign governments
  • Benefits and challenges of mediation of oil and gas disputes over arbitration.
  • Group exercise: Understanding implied waiver of Sovereign Immunity
  • Group exercise: Mock arbitration & Mediation

Day Five: Limitations of International Arbitration, Strategy, Tactics and Enforcement

Competency Description: Knowing the financial costs of arbitration and the power of arbitrator and appreciating the enforcement mechanisms available for international arbitration awards.

Key behaviours

  • Evaluating the various aspects of arbitration, including costs and arbitrators’ powers
  • Understanding the power of
  • Managing and strategizing on arbitration tactics
  • Able to schedule and calculate space allocation

Topics to be covered

  • Limitations of International Arbitration
    • Costs of arbitration
    • Limited power of the arbitrators
    • The difficulty of bringing three or more parties before the same arbitral tribunal
    • Delay due to the difficulty of communication and language and inconsistency
    • Fees and expenses of arbitrators,
    • Substantial expenses depending on the weight of the dispute in question
  • Litigation and arbitration: Strategy, tactics and enforcement
    • Appointment of an arbitrator
    • Appointment of legal counsel
    • Making of claim and counter claim
    • Disclosure of documents
    • Witnesses and cross – examination
    • Injunctions and other interim orders
  • Enforcement proceedings
    • Identifying assets
    • Enforcement methods
    • Treaties
    • Local laws relating to enforcement
    • Problems in multiparty disputes
    • Confirmation of final awards - the oil & gas experience
  • Case Study: Public Policy on enforcement of awards
  • Settlement of Disputes
    • When to consider settlement
    • Commencing negotiation
    • Documentation of settlement
    • Full and final settlement 

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PetroKnowledge Training


International Dispute Resolution &
Arbitration in the Oil, Gas &
Petrochemical Industry


Code Date Venue Fees
CM117 29 Apr - 03 May 2019 Houston TX - USA $6,950
CM117 23 - 27 Sep 2019 London - UK $5,950



Why Choose this Training Course?

The likelihood of disputes arising in the oil and gas industry is high due to the various types of contractual relationships that exist.  Further the costs of hydrocarbon exploration and exploitation is extremely high as are the value of oil and gas contracts and parties to a dispute need to have the necessary knowledge and skills to firstly avoid where possible the disputes and alternatively to manage the whole dispute resolution process in an efficient and effective manner.

This training course provides in-depth information on the types of disputes that can arise and the several available methods of dispute resolution, which can be consensual, adjudicative or hybrid. The course further assists the participants to obtain effective skills in dispute management and conflict avoidance. Managing disputes using the most cost effective and efficient methods available would be a primary goal of the training during this course.

This Dispute Resolution and Arbitration training course is designed to be highly practical and includes hands-on workshop sessions and a mock dispute demonstration. This training course focuses on the available institutional rules or the ad hoc procedures and the implications this choice may have on the outcome of the dispute. Taking into account cultural considerations specific to each dispute, the course provides training on the choice of law, seat and venue for the arbitration.

This training course will highlight:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?

At the end of this training course, you will:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge course will benefit all levels of personnel involved in resolution of oil and gas disputes.   It will enable a broad range of disciplines to appreciate and understand the complexities of conflict resolution in particular in the Oil and Gas industry, and how best to manage disputes in the oil and gas industry.

This training course is appropriate to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented?

Participants will gain greater understanding of the subject matter through presentations by an experienced international practitioner designed to both inform and broaden the perspectives of the participants. Case studies will be reviewed and discussed bearing in mind some of the realistic scenarios participants may encounter.  Interactive discussions to encourage discussion of problems and possible solutions to it. Participants will view different videos on dispute resolution.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Introduction to International Disputes in the Oil and Gas Industry

Competency Description: Disputes are inevitable in most oil and gas projects. A basic knowledge of the fundamentals on how disputes arise and how best to resolve them is essential know-how for all personnel involved in this area.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Two: Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Clauses in Oil and Gas Contracts

Competency Description: Properly drafted dispute resolution clauses and arbitration clauses are essential for resolving disputes without these well drafted clauses the parties can be in disarray. This skill is important for dispute resolution personnel in any company.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Three: Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution

Competency Description: Essential to have a working knowledge of the of the legal environment in which oil and gas contracts operates and the legal framework within which International arbitration exists.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Four: Various Modes of International Dispute Resolution

Competency Description: Acquiring a knowledge of the many various models used to resolve dispute, in international cross border matters. Understanding sovereign immunity and how it may apply to international disputes.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Five: Limitations of International Arbitration, Strategy, Tactics and Enforcement

Competency Description: Knowing the financial costs of arbitration and the power of arbitrator and appreciating the enforcement mechanisms available for international arbitration awards.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

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