B.A., 1963, Denison University
LL.B., 1966, Harvard University
Professor Lowe is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He has taught courses on oil and gas law and oil and gas contracts at SMU since 1987. A Maxwell Fellow in Malawi from 1966-69, he practiced law privately in Columbus, Ohio, 1970-75. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Toledo, with the rank of assistant and associate professor from 1975-78. He joined the faculty of the University of Tulsa in 1978, where he served as professor and associate director of the National Energy Law and Policy Institute. Professor Lowe has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas, a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Natural Resources Law at the University of Denver, the Visiting Judge Leon Karelitz Chair of Oil and Gas Law at the University of New Mexico, and the Visiting Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Chair of Energy Law and Policy at the University of University of Alberta, Canada. He presently holds appointments as an Honorary Lecturer and Principal Researcher of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law at the University of Dundee, Scotland, as a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Law of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, and the School of Energy and Resources, University College in Adelaide, in Australia. He is also currently an International Legal Advisor for petroleum issues in the Commercial Law Development Program of the U. S. Department of Commerce, and has lectured at universities and advised governments around the world. Lowe is a former Chair of the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law of the American Bar Association and a former President of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member of the commercial panels of the American Arbitration Association, the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution, and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as an editor or author of many articles and books, including Cases & Materials on Oil & Gas Law, Oil & Gas Law in a Nutshell, Hemingway on Oil and Gas Law and Taxation, and International Petroleum Transactions.
DEFINING THE ROYALTY OBLIGATION, 49 SMU L.J. 223 (1996). [Selected as the Outstanding Law Review Article of 1996 by the Texas Bar Foundation. Reprinted at 33 Pub. Land & Res. Dig. 257 (1996)];
ANALYZING OIL AND GAS FARMOUT AGREEMENTS, 41 Southwestern L. J. 759 (1987); reprinted at 25 Pub. Land & Res. Dig. 5 (1988). [Selected as the Outstanding Law Review Article of 1988 by the Texas Bar Foundation].
INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM TRANSACTIONS (Rocky Mtn. Min. Law Fnd. 3rd edition 2010) (with Professors Ernest Smith, John Dzienkowski, Owen Anderson, Bruce Kramer, and Jacqueline Weaver).
OIL AND GAS LAW IN A NUTSHELL (5th Ed. West 2009).
OIL AND GAS FORMS MANUAL (5th Ed. West 2008) (with Professors Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith and David Pierce).
CASES AND MATERIALS ON OIL AND GAS LAW (5th Ed. West 2008) (with Professors Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith and David Pierce).
HEMINGWAY’S HORNBOOK ON OIL AND GAS LAW AND TAXATION (4th Ed. West 2004)(with Professors Owen Anderson, John Dzienlowski, Robert Peroni, David Pierce, and Ernest Smith).
SUMMERS OIL AND GAS LAW (West, Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts, 1998-2007).
KUNTZ, LAW OF OIL AND GAS (Lexis, Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts, 1995-2012).
WEST’S TEXAS FORMS, Vols. 6, 7 & 7A (West, Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts, 1992-2008).
WEST’S LEGAL FORMS, 3d ed., Vol. 28 (West, Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts, 1991-2007).
February 2006, "International Minerals Development and Trade," Kyrgyzstan Rule of Law Forum, Dallas, TX.
April 2006, "U.S. Energy Policy," Oklahoma City Mineral Bar Assoc., Oklahoma City, OK, and SMU Law Reunion Weekend, Dallas, TX.
May 2006, US Oil Policy in the Middle East. Institute of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
October 2007, "Damages in International Arbitration," American University, Washington.
December 2007, "The International Arbitration Process," Qatar University, Doha, Qatar [two presentations].
December 2007, "Teaching in American Law Schools," faculty presentation, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar.
March 2008, "Operator Liability, Removal and Succession," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Fnd. Special Inst. on Operating Agreements, Denver, CO.
November 2008, "US Energy Policy," to the Institute of United States Policy Studies, Edmunton, Alberta.
March 2009, "Iraq's Draft Technical Services Contract," to officers of the Iraq Ministry of Oil, Dead Sea, Jordan.
May 2009 "International Petroleum Transactions," to students at the University of Melbourne, Sydney, and Dundee.
October 2009, "The Future of Oil and Gas Law," Symposium at Washburn University Law School, Topeka, KS.
October 2009, "Principles of U.S. Energy Policy," Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, Ithaca, NY.
February 2010, "Fundamentals of International Operating Agreements," to officers of the Iraq Ministry of Oil, Dallas, TX.
March 2010, “Legal Constraints to Natural Gas Development in the United States,” George W. Bush Institute, Dallas, TX.
April 2010, 2011, “Operator/Non-Operator Issues,” University of Texas’ Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Law, Houston, TX.
September 2010, “Implications of the Macando Oil Spill,” Petroleum Institute of Thailand Executive Session, Bangkok, Thailand.
May 2011, “Legal Issues in the Development of Petroleum Resources,” Australia National Tax Office, Perth, WA, Australia.
November 2011, “Petroleum Development Contracts,” Agencia Nacional do Petroleo, Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
TERRORISM AND ENERGY SECURITY, The Brief Magazine (Fall 2002).
RECENT SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS AFFECTING FARMOUT AGREEMENTS, 50th Oil & Gas Institute 3-1 (Matthew Bender 1999).
Royalty Calculation in Texas, Ch. 3 in OIL AND GAS LAW FOR A NEW CENTURY: PRECEDENT AS PROLOGUE (Appendix to the Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, Matthew Bender, 1999).