DATES: OCT 26 - NOV 6, 2015
TUITION: $3950





Countries face many challenges related to sustainable development of their energy sectors. Governments must adapt policies and legal framework to efficiently develop their natural resources (both conventional and unconventional oil and gas resources, and renewables sources); attract capital and expertise to develop their entire value chains; capture economic rents to pass through energy sector benefits to local communities; ensure optimum local content development; improve linkages to power sector; foster transparency, corporate social responsibility and environmental stewardship - all of which is critical for securing the affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy supply and for building related value added segments in the industry to grow local economies.

This seminar examines issues using policy, legal and commercial lenses to provide a strategic level understanding of the sustainable energy value chain. Participants will receive a detailed review of the legal and commercial issues that must be resolved for successful sector development. Material is delivered through a variety of methods including: reference reading, in-class lectures, industry panels and interactive group simulations and workshops.


Course Outline


  • Global Energy Sector Overview
  • Petroleum industry fundamentals and structure
  • Goals and objectives of a host government, NOC and IOCs
  • Host country’s regulatory framework and fiscal regime
  • Negotiation framework, strategy and tools


Upstream Petroleum

  • Strategic policy issues
  • Upstream fiscal systems and taxation
  • Upstream contracts and key terms
  • Key issues in petroleum accounting


Midstream and Downstream Petroleum

  • Strategic policy issues
  • Downstream contracts (sales, storage, transportation)
  • Pipelines
  • Refineries


Natural Gas

  • Special considerations for the upstream development of natural gas reserves
  • The natural gas value chain
  • Geopolitics of natural gas
  • Gas pricing and subsidy programs
  • Natural gas agreements and contracts


Power Sector

  • Sector fundamentals and structure
  • Independent Power Project requirements
  • Project funding issues and alternatives
  • Power sector contracts and terms
  • Trends and developments; case studies


Special Energy Sector Considerations and Trends

  • Financing of energy projects
  • Local content
  • Contract and revenue transparency
  • Anti-corruption, compliance and ethics
  • Environmental concerns and responsibilities
  • Corporate social responsibility programs
  • Dispute resolution
  • Energy corridors and regional cooperation


Course Advisors

Mr. Jonathan Cahn is a member of Dentons' Energy, Transport and Infrastructure sector team and is the US head of the firm’s Emerging Markets Energy Strategies group (EMES). For more than 20 years, he has represented some of the world's leading energy investors, including international oil companies, national oil companies (NOCs), sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and sovereigns in connection with energy sector transactions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, North America, Russia and Central Asia.

As an international lawyer, Mr. Cahn brings to his clients an in-depth understanding of the energy industry, and his many years of experience in emerging markets. He is internationally acknowledged as a leading lawyer in his field by the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers, the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers, Chambers, and the International Who's Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers.

A hallmark of Jonathan Cahn’s practice has been the representation of Chinese companies making investments abroad, as well as representing parties seeking investment or partnership with Chinese investors. He is widely credited with opening Central Asia to China energy investment when, in 1997, as legal counsel to the Government of Kazakhstan, he secured Kazakhstan's approval to invite the China National Oil and Gas Exploration and Development Corporation (CNODC) to participate in the privatization tender for Kazakhstan's oil company, Aktyubemunaigaz. CNODC's successful acquisition of the oil company and the related construction of the China-Kazakhstan pipeline became China’s inaugural investments in Central Asia.

Ms. Guly Sabahi is a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Dentons, the largest international law firm in the world, with approximately 6,500 lawyers and professionals in more than 120 locations spanning 50-plus countries. Ms. Sabahi has over 12 years of experience in international energy projects (mainly upstream oil and gas), and advised the private sector and public sector clients on legal and fiscal regimes in the oil and gas industry in over 45 countries, mainly in the Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and CIS.

In addition to her work at the ILI, Ms. Sabahi serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and as a Vice Chair of American Bar Association's committees on Africa and international energy and natural resources. Mrs. Sabahi has taught a seminar on international oil and gas contracts at Georgetown University Law Center. She is a frequent lecturer and speaker on a variety of upstream oil and gas related topics.

Mr. Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas. Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector. He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations. Robert has over 25 years international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects, and has conducted business in more than 85 international locations in 60 countries on 6 continents.

In his previous assignment at the World Bank, Robert managed the development of the business strategy and allocation of resources of the Institution’s Oil and Gas Policy Unit and provided advice on a variety of energy policy topics to strategic government client. Mr. Lesnick has served on the Management Committee for the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG), and has been a Vice President and Executive Committee member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) and was its President’s Award winner in 2010. He is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker on a variety of natural gas related topics.

Core Faculty

In addition to the course co-advisors, the sessions will be taught by leading energy experts from:

  • Dentons offices from Washington, D.C., London, New York and Cape Town
  • International oil and gas companies, such as Anadarko, OMV, Eni Petroleum
  • US Department of Energy and Department of Commerce
  • University of Houston Law Center
  • IHS
  • World Bank, IFC, IMF, MIGA, as well as OPIC


DATES: MAY 11 - 22, 2015
TUITION: $4965 includes a Tablet
/ $3950 without a Tablet






The seminar primarily focuses on project management and monitoring, including team building and leadership. It is especially designed for managers of developing country projects and for persons responsible for implementing such projects. Past participants have come from government, utilities, corporations, international organizations and NGOs. The seminar will examine crucial issues and steps in project management. Participants are encouraged to bring an example of a project that they can relate to the seminar for discussion.


Oil and Gas

This program is specifically designed to integrate important components and applications of Oil and Gas Infrastructure Development in project management.


Course Outline

    Crucial Issues and Steps in Project Management
    • Defining objectives (logframe)
    • Managing the project environment
    • The project life cycle
    • Project identification, preparation and approval
    • Financial and economic analysis
    • Project financing
    • Team building and leadership
    • Organization alternatives
    • Communication, motivation
    • Managerial styles
    • Conflict resolution
    • Role of project managers
    • Implementing change
    • Work breakdown structure (WBS)
    • Critical path method
    • Project scheduling (MS Project Software)
    • Cost control
    • Risk analysis
    • Reporting and control
    • Monitoring
    • Database management systems (MS Access Software)
    • Introduction to procurement


    Course Advisors

    Robert Youker has over 35 years experience as a project management trainer and consultant. His project management experience includes new product development and consulting for many companies. Mr. Youker has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He consulted with the World Bank Institute to develop an instructor’s resource kit for Project Management training.

    Gopi Puri - After working in the Indian Steel industry for 17 years, Gopi Puri joined the World Bank, where he directed seminars at the World Bank Institute. In 1977 he joined the International Finance Corporation, where he appraised investment proposals in several industries. He has an M.B.A. from The George Washington University and has worked with more than 80 developing countries.


    DATES: MAY  11 - 15, 2015    
    TUITION: $1995    






    This course teaches lawyers, and other professionals, such as international investors (whether companies or individuals), as well as government officials how to draft, negotiate and interpret bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and investment chapters of free trade agreements, and how to resolve disputes arising from them, including the valuation of damages and enforcement of arbitral awards. The use of BITs has exploded in recent years, with almost 3,000 such treaties in effect. This course provides the participants with an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles applied in Investor-State arbitration.


    Course Outline


    Basic Standards for the Treatment of Foreign Investment

    • Background on the history of free trade and other agreements relating to foreign investment
    • Minimum standards under customary international law
    • Substance of common investor protection clauses in BITs, including national treatment, MFN, fair and equitable treatment, and expropriation and nationalization


    Investor-State Dispute Settlement

    • Arbitration under various treaties and rules, including ICSID, NAFTA, CAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL
    • Parallel proceedings and related problems
    • Selection of forum and the arbitrators
    • Sources and choice of applicable law
    • Key jurisdictional thresholds: consent, investment (jurisdiction ratione materiae), investor (jurisdiction ratione personae)
    • State defenses to investor claims
    • Methods of calculating damages
    • Recognition, enforcement and challenges to an arbitral award


    Course Advisors

    Ian A. Laird is co-chair of the Crowell & Moring's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who's Who of Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015. He is the co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, the on-line investment arbitration award service published by Oxford University Press. He is licensed to practice in Washington DC as a Special Legal Consultant and in Ontario, Canada as a Barrister & Solicitor.

    Dr. Borzu Sabahi is an attorney in the International Arbitration group of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP in Washington, DC.  He represents governments in international arbitration matters in a variety of sectors.  He was recognized by the Who's Who of International Commercial Arbitration Lawyers 2015 as a leading practitioner.  He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown and Columbia Law Schools, an Editor of Oxford’s, and a Co-Chair of the Annual Juris Conference in D.C.  His publications have been cited by arbitral tribunals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He is licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.



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    DATES: OCT 26 - 30, 2015
    TUITION: $1995    






    This seminar focuses on the practical skills necessary for drafting contracts in English. Participants will sharpen their skills in working with legal English, and specifically drafting contracts in legal English. The emphasis is on learning by doing, and the seminar will offer the opportunity to draft and receive feedback from experts. Participants will engage in several drafting exercises and a negotiation session.


    Course Outline


    Overview of the U.S. Contract Law

    • Sources of Law
    • Contract Formation
    • Contract Interpretation


    Basic Drafting Topics

    • Definitions
    • Warranties
    • Termination Clauses
    • Remedy Provisions
    • Contingency Clauses


    Boilerplate Language and Utilizing Templates

    • Choice of Law/Governing Law
    • Jurisdiction
    • Arbitration
    • Force Majeure
    • Third Party Rights


    Course Advisor

    Dr. Kevin Fandl is the director of the Global Legal Education Institute and author several books, including Narrowing the Gap: Legal English for the New Global Legal Practitioner and Lost in Translation: Effective Legal Writing for the International Legal Community. He has taught law and policy courses around the world since 2004 and specializes in the areas of international trade, migration, and economic development. Dr. Fandl is a graduate of American University (J.D., M.A.) and George Mason University (Ph.D.) and is currently Professor of Legal Studies and Global Business Strategy at the Fox School of Business at Temple University.