• Full-Time Faculty
  • John S. Lowe

  • George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law

  • fulltime Faculty
  • John S. Lowe

  • George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law

John S. Lowe

George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law

  • Biography

    • Professor Lowe has taught courses on oil and gas law and oil and gas contracts at SMU’s Dedman School of Law 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 and Policy at the University of Dundee, Scotland, as a Senior Fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, 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 arbitration 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 IN A NUTSHELL, HEMINGWAY ON OIL & GAS TAXATION, INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM TRANSACTIONS, and  KUNTZ' LAW OF OIL & GAS.
  • Education

    • ​B.A., Denison University
      LL.B., Harvard University
  • Courses

    • International Petroleum Transactions
      Oil & Gas
       
  • 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, 6th edition 2014) (1st through 5th editions published in 1983, 1988, 1995, 2003, and 2009)

      FORMS MANUAL TO CASES AND MATERIAL ON OIL AND GAS (West, 6th edition 2015) (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 1995-2015) (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)
  • 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
  • Book Chapters

    • Recent Significant Developments Affecting Farmout Agreements, in 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)
  • Other Publications

    • Some Recurring Issues in Operating Agreements and What AAPL’s Drafting Committee Might Do About Them, in 60th Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Annual Institute Ch. 27-1 (2014) 

      Terrorism and Energy Security, The Brief Magazine (Fall 2002)
       
  • Presentations

    • Dean of Oil and Gas Law
      66th Annual Oil and Gas Law Institute of the Institute for Energy Law
      Houston, TX (February 2015)

      International Petroleum Contracts Overview
      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)

      Energy and the Middle East/North Africa
      Moderator and Panelist
      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
      Afghan and Yemeni Ministry of Oil
      Doha, Qatar (February 2013)

      Emerging Issues in US Energy Law
      Panelist
      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
      U.S. 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
      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, Short Course in International Petroleum Transactions, for lawyers and government officers
      Bangkok Thailand (September 2014)
       
      Taught, Short Course on International Petroleum Contracts
      University of Melbourne
      Australia (May 2014)
       
      Taught, Short Course on International Petroleum Contracts
      University of Sydney
      Australia (May, 2014)
       
      Taught, Short Course on International Petroleum Contracts
      University of Melbourne
      Australia (May 2013)
       
      Taught, Short Course on International Petroleum Contracts
      University of Sydney
      Australia (May, 2014)

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

      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)