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Advanced Masterclass : Negotiating oil & gas contracts in this climate change era: re-defining the key clauses

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Victoria is a lawyer and an Energy and Mining expert, with extensive experience working on various projects in the different parts of the Globe. She is a holder of a PhD in International Energy Law and Policy (Dundee, UK). Victoria is the Founder of a charity NGO, the African Energy and Minerals Management Initiative. She is the CEO and lead consultant at Nalule Energy & Minerals Consultants. She is also an Energy & Natural Resources Law Lecturer at the University of Bradford, UK.

Victoria is enthusiastic about energy arbitration & dispute resolution. As such, she is an Energy Arbitrator at the Energy Disputes Arbitration Center (EDAC), Turkey. She is a committee member at the International Law Association (ILA): and at Access for Women in Energy.

Victoria is an author and has widely published on topics relating to oil, gas, renewable energy, climate change, mining and International Arbitration. Her latest five books covering energy, mining, land access and Extractives, energy arbitration, and negotiation in Extractives.

Victoria offers extensive experience in the Energy and Mining sectors having worked with various institutions; regional and international organizations including assignments for The Queen Mary University of London (EU Energy Project); The International Energy Charter Secretariat in Belgium; The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment in New York; the East African Community Secretariat in Tanzania; the Southern African Development Community Secretariat in Botswana; International Arbitration Case Law in New York; Uganda Christian University; to mention but a few. She has also worked with both the private and public legal sectors.

She has presented as a speaker and panellist in several forums and conferences. She has also advised African governments on oil, gas and mining projects including training officials from the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company: leading a capacity building training for an international NGO OXFAM: appearing as an expert witness before the Commission of Inquiry into Land matters in Uganda; presenting comments on the South African Petroleum Bill before the country’s Policy Makers; leading a team of energy experts in reviewing Energy/Mining laws and policies for countries such as Namibia, Ethiopia, Uganda etc.

Victoria has an active YouTube Channel and Podcast both focused on energy and mining discussions. She is one of the few people who got her PhD in less than 3 years below the age of 30 years. For more, visit


Negotiation is key in the development and implementation of energy projects in the different parts of the Globe. Simply defined, negotiation refers to the process of holding a discussion with the main aim of reaching an agreement. With respect to energy projects, the host government and the investors must negotiate the terms of the petroleum/energy agreements. There are various issues to be considered when negotiating these kinds of agreements including the fiscal regime, accounting standards, contract termination provision, social impact including land access, compensation and relocations; local content provisions; environmental and health issues and many others. In negotiating petroleum agreements, there are some unique features that must be considered and thought about. These include among others: the cost of exploration and development; the ever-changing market conditions; the possible field size, including the possibility of dry holes; and the difficulty of recovery.  In the 21st century, issues of environmental protection, climate change, stabilization and arbitration clauses have become important especially in developing countries.


This five-day Advanced Masterclass offers our participants the opportunity to develop their negotiation skills in the Oil and Gas sector. The course uniquely explores and examines real-life oil and gas negotiation scenarios, while provoking our participants to develop a critical and independent analysis of the key clauses in petroleum agreements-especially in this Climate Change era.


The course is suitable for government agencies/ministries; policymakers; private companies; organisations; NGOs; practitioners; and students. Our participants will learn and practice the necessary steps to create win/win outcomes in even the most difficult situations. They will also acquire the core skills which underpin success in collaborative, competitive and dynamic negotiations.