Friday, February 24, 2012

Denver Law Assumes Editorship of the Prestigious "Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law" Published by the International Bar Association

Beginning January 1, 2012, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program has assumed the editorship of the prestigious Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (JERL). The Journal is published by the International Bar Association Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL).

SEERIL is the leading international forum for energy and resources lawyers. With a membership of more than 2,000 of the most recognized professionals from private practice, energy companies, academia and governments, SEERIL provides unrivalled opportunities for lawyers worldwide to exchange views and professional expertise.

From its launch date in 1982 until 2007, JERL was edited at the University of Dundee, Scotland, Centre for Energy, Petroleum & Mineral Law & Policy. For the last three years it has been edited at the University of Calgary School of Law. Thus, the Sturm College of Law will serve as the first “U.S.-based” institution to edit the journal.

Don Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources (ENRL) Program, will serve as editor. He will be assisted by students who will help with various aspects of publishing the journal. JERL will use a system of peer reviewers to assess papers that are submitted for publication.

The decision by the IBA to award the editorship to Denver Law was confirmation of the high regard in which the ENRL program is held by the international community, Mr. Smith said. “Having the IBA and SEERIL name Denver Law as the editor of the Journal is enormously significant,” he said. “This will raise Denver Law’s already high reputation among international practitioners and academics to an even higher plane.”

Denver Law Dean Martin Katz said hosting the Journal is a perfect fit for DU. “Our strategic plan commits to demonstrated excellence in environmental and natural resources law,” Dean Katz said. “To us, this means being at the center of the international dialogue on cutting-edge resources issues. This journal advances our ability to do exactly that.”

The Journal’s articles are written by authors worldwide. The first 2012 issue, which will be published in mid-March, includes pieces written by authors from Canada, Italy, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. The first issue will feature these articles:
  • Whither the South African Mining Industry?

  • Natural Gas Price Reviews: Past, Present and Future

  • Marine Environmental Protection in Joint Development Agreements

  • Integrating the Proposed National Oil Company of Uganda into the Corporate Governance Discourse: Lessons From Norway
For more information about JERL including Aims and Objectives, Submission Procedure, and Guidelines and Information for Authors, please click here.

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