Prof Thomas Waelde leaves CEPMLP directorship to Philip Andrews-Speed

Mar 05, 2002 01:00 AM

Prof Thomas Waelde, the Executive Director of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy steps down as Head of Department after 10 years of service before starting a research sabbatical. Dr Philip Andrews-Speed, a former executive with BP and Academic Director of CEPMLP, is appointed as Thomas Waelde's successor.
Philip Andrews-Speed (PhD Cantab) is originally a geologist, with a LLM from the Centre (with distinction). Philip was first the Centre's business development officer, then lecturer in energy policy and petroleum and mineral taxation. He set up the flourishing CEPMLP China Energy Programme, won several contracts (EU Synergie, UK research institutions) and has published widely, often with CEPMLP colleagues, on the Energy Charter Treaty, Chinese energy policy and petroleum tax. As senior lecturer and Academic Director, he took on increasing responsibilities in managing the day-to-day teaching operations of the Centre, but also its executive training activities.

When Thomas Waelde, then the principal UN Interregional Adviser on Investment, Petroleum and Mineral Law, was appointed to head the Centre in 1991, it has an in-take of 4 graduate students. He proposed a radical and comprehensive strategy of globalisation and interdisciplinarity, aiming at a variety of mutually supportive and synergistic degree programmes using the "platform approach" consisting of three major platforms:
LLM with 7 specialities;
MBA with 3 specialities;
MSC with 4 specialities, benchmarked against the leading LLM programme at Harvard University.

The targets of this strategic plan have been, as of 2001, fully met, in fact exceeded. They were based on an innovative approach and an unusual degree of autonomy conceded to the Centre in 1991.
Under his leadership from 1991 to 2001, CEPMLP/Dundee has achieved unrivalled growth:

-- CEPMLP is now the internationally leading graduate school in its field;
-- Its graduate student numbers have increased to about200 graduate students matriculated, and an in-take (in 2001) of over 100 fee-paying graduate students making it the largest graduate programme of its kind in Scotland.
-- Its fee income has increased from about £ 10 000 in1991 to close to 1 mm in 2001. CEPMLP now offers the highest-valued LLM programme in the UK.
-- Its academic staff -- including full-time, part-time and associated staff centred in the CEPMLP "global faculty" -- has increased from 2 to over 30.
-- Its executive training programme has increased from 20 trainees in 1991 to about 500 in 2001.
-- Its consultancy income has developed from zero in 1991 to about 1 mm in 2000.
-- CEPMLP has developed a powerful internet presence in the global society. Its internet journal is accessed by over 300 000 visitors from all over the world each year.
-- CEPMLP research publications have moved, from a very low base, to the most relevant and widely utilised and referred to academic papers in the fields of natural resources and energy law, policy with some inclusion also of economics.
The UK Research Assessment for the joint CEPMLP/Law Department unit advanced under his tenure from 3 (92) to 4 (1996) and finally to 5 (national excellence with 50 % international excellence) in 2001, placing it on an equal level with the top-ranked Scottish RAE grades.

Thomas Waelde has acquired a number of academic distinctions in the period from 1991:
-- He was appointed the first ever Jean-Monnet Chair in the University of Dundee, in a EU-wide competition.
-- He has been nominated, in 2001, by the Euromoney survey as one of the world's leading energy lawyers.
-- He is currently chairman of the Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law Trust; member of the Academic Advisory Group of the International Bar Association and has been chief adviser on several EU, Asian Development Bank, World Bank and Know-How Fund projects on legislative reform in transition and developing countries
-- Thomas Waelde was appointed the editor (now managing)of the Journal for Energy & Natural Resources Law (1992), Associate Editor of the Journal of World Trade (the leading and most influential journal in the field of WTO/GATT law), the new Journal of World Investment and corresponding editor of Intl Legal Materials, the most authoritative international law research journal. He has built up the CEPMLP internet journal into the leading, and most widely used global internet journal in its field.
-- An internet-based citation survey carried out in 2001 ranked Thomas Waelde as the most cited international law professor in Scotland, and the second-most cited international law professor in the UK.
-- Prof Waelde's former PhD students are now in increasingly influential positions in particular in the leading international companies (e.g. Shell; AIG) and overseas universities.

Prof Waelde will continue to serve as professor of international economic, energy and natural resources law in CEPMLP. He will provide advice to the Head of Department on new projects and international relations and alliances, supervise his current 8-10 PhD candidates and will support in particular the CEPMLP international business transactions, oil, gas and mining programmes. He plans to publish in 2002 the authoritative book on EU Energy Law, another book in 2002/2003 on International Energy Law and Policy and, together with Prof Loibl of the University of Vienna, continue and re-design the authoritative book by Ignaz Seidl-Hohenveldern (recently deceased) on International Economic Law.
Thomas Waelde advises numerous international organisations, national aid agencies, multinational energy and resource companies and governments on international economic treaties (in particular the Energy Charter Treaty and WTO), legislative and regulatory reform and investment negotiations; in 2002, he has completed advisory projects for OPEC, APEC and the government of Serbia. He also mediates between multinational companies and between companies and governments.

Source: CEPMLP
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