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George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law


Email: jlowe@mail.smu.edu

Phone: 214-768-2595

Education:

B.A., 1963, Denison University
LL.B., 1966, Harvard University

Professor Lowe has taught courses on oil and gas law and oil and gas contracts at SMU since 1987.  He served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2014.  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 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.


Professor Lowe was awarded the Clyde O. Martz Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation at their 59th Annual Institute held in Spokane, Washington on July 17, 2013.
 


Primary Articles

Defining the Royalty Obligation, 49 SMU Law Review 223 (1996); reprinted in 33 Public Land & Resources Digest 257 (1996)

  • Selected as the Outstanding Law Review Article of 1996 by the Texas Bar Foundation

Analyzing Oil and Gas Farmout Agreements, 41 Southwestern Law Journal 759 (1987); reprinted in 25 Public Land & Resources Digest 5 (1988)

  • Selected as the Outstanding Law Review Article of 1988 by the Texas Bar Foundation

Books

CASES AND MATERIALS ON OIL AND GAS LAW (West, 6th edition 2012) (with Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith, David Pierce and Christopher Kulander) (1st through 5th editions published in 1986, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008)

INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM TRANSACTIONS (Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 3rd edition 2010) (with Ernest Smith, John Dzienkowski, Owen Anderson, Bruce Kramer, and Jacqueline Weaver) (1st edition published in 1993)

OIL AND GAS LAW IN A NUTSHELL (West, 5th edition 2009) (1st through 4th editions published in 1983, 1988, 1995 and 2003)

FORMS MANUAL TO CASES AND MATERIAL ON OIL AND GAS (West, 5th edition 2008) (with Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith and David Pierce) (1st through 4th editions published in 1987, 1993, 1998, and 2004)

HEMINGWAY OIL AND GAS LAW AND TAXATION (West, 4th edition 2004) (with Owen Anderson, John Dzienlowski, Robert Peroni, David Pierce, and Ernest Smith)

SUMMERS OIL AND GAS LAW (West 1989) (Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts 1989-2007)

KUNTZ, LAW OF OIL AND GAS (6 Volumes) (Lexis 1995) (Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts 1995-2012) (with Owen Anderson, Ernest Smith and David Pierce)

WEST'S TEXAS FORMS (Volumes 6, 7 & 7A) (West 1992) (Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts, 1992-2008)

WEST'S LEGAL FORMS (28 Volumes) (West 1991) (Annual Cumulative Pocket Parts 1991-2007) (with Bradford Stone)


Speeches/Presentations

"International Petroleum Contracts Overview," to lawyers from the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and members of the Afghanistan Parliament (Doha, Qatar (June 2013))

"International Petroleum Contracts," University of Dundee (Dundee, Scotland, UK (May 2013))

"The Joint Operating Agreement," 39th Annual Ernest E. Smith Fundamentals of Oil, Gas and Mineral Law conference, University of Texas School of Law and the Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (Houston, TX (March 2013))

"Issues in Operating Agreements," University of Texas, Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Law program, (Houston, TX (March 2013))

Moderator and Panelist, "Energy and the Middle East/North Africa," at "The Arab Spring:  Doing Business and the Rule of Law" Conference, ABA Midyear Meeting, SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas, TX (February 2013))

"Contracts Used in the International Oil Industry," to members of the Afghan and Yemeni Ministry of Oil (Doha, Qatar (February 2013))

Panelist, "Emerging Issues in US Energy Law," Appellate Judges Education Institute (New Orleans, LA (November 2012))

"International Farmout and Operating Agreements," Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law (Bangkok, Thailand (September 2012))

"Cross-Border Unitization," for senior Iraqi government officials and officials of the US Departments of State, Interior, and Commerce (Washington, DC (June 2012))

"Legal Issues in the Development of Petroleum Resources," Australia National Tax Office (Melbourne, Vic., Australia (May 2012))

"Operator/Non-Operator Issues," University of Texas, program on Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Law (Houston, TX (March 2012))

"Energy's Future," 2012 Energy Symposium, Thurgood Marshall Law School (Houston, TX (March 2012))

"Petroleum Development Contracts," Agencia Nacional do Petroleo (Rio De Janerio, Brazil (November 2011))

"Legal Issues in the Development of Petroleum Resources," Australia National Tax Office (Perth, WA, Australia (May 2011))

"Implications of the Macando Oil Spill," Petroleum Institute of Thailand Executive Session (Bangkok, Thailand (September 2010))

"Operator/Non-Operator Issues," University of Texas' Fundamentals of Oil and Gas Law (Houston, TX (April 2010, 2011))

"Legal Constraints to Natural Gas Development in the United States," George W. Bush Institute (Dallas, TX (March 2010))

"Fundamentals of International Operating Agreements," to officers of the Iraq Ministry of Oil (Dallas, TX (February 2010))

"Principles of U.S. Energy Policy," Cornell Institute of Public Affairs (Ithaca, NY (October 2009))

"The Future of Oil and Gas Law," Symposium at Washburn University Law School (Topeka, KS (October 2009))

"International Petroleum Agreements," to students in the LL.M. program at Universidade Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola (May 2009))
 
"International Petroleum Transactions," to students at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney,
Australia and the University of Dundee, Scotland (May 2009)
 
"Iraq's Draft Technical Services Contract," to officers of the Iraq Ministry of Oil (Dead Sea, Jordan (March 2009))

"US Energy Policy," Institute of United States Policy Studies (Edmunton, Alberta (November 2008))

"Operator Liability, Removal and Succession," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Operating Agreements (Denver, CO (March 2008))

"Teaching in American Law Schools," faculty presentation, Qatar University (Doha, Qatar (December 2007))

"The International Arbitration Process," Qatar University [two presentations] (Doha, Qatar (December 2007))

"Damages in International Arbitration," American University (Washington, DC (October 2007))

"US Oil Policy in the Middle East," Institute of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (May 2006))

"U.S. Energy Policy," Oklahoma City Mineral Bar Association (Oklahoma City, OK) and SMU Law Reunion Weekend (Dallas, TX (April 2006))

"International Minerals Development and Trade," Kyrgyzstan Rule of Law Forum, SMU Dedman School of Law (Dallas, TX (February 2006))


 

Other

International Activities

Taught, International Petroleum Contracts, University of Dundee (Dundee, Scotland, UK (May 2012))

Taught, Intensive Masters/JD Course in International Petroleum Contracts, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Vic., Australia (May 2012))

Taught, Selected Issues in International Operating Agreements, University College London's Natural Resources LLM program (Adelaide, South Australia (May 2012))

Taught, Intensive Masters Course in Global Oil and Gas Contracts, University of Sydney LLM program (NSW, Australia (April and May 2012))

Taught, Intensive Masters Course in Global Oil and Gas Contracts, University of Sydney LLM program, British Institute for International and Comparative Law (London, UK (June 2011))

Taught, Short Course in International Petroleum Contracts, University of Dundee (Dundee, Scotland, UK (June 2011))

Taught, Selected Issues in International Operating Agreements, University College London (Adelaide, South Australia (May 2011))

Taught, Intensive Masters Course in Global Oil and Gas Contracts, University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia (May 2011))


Other Writings

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, Chapter 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)