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Energy law expert to deliver offshore safety lecture at LSU Center

By Anna Aguillard | Oct 19, 2015


BATON ROUGE–The LSU Law Center has announced the annual Liskow and Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture will be delivered by Professor Jacqueline L. Weaver on Nov. 4 in the David W. Robertson Courtroom.

Weaver holds a B.A. in economics from Harvard, and a J.D. degree from the University of Houston. She currently is A.A. White professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center.

The lecture, titled "Offshore Safety after Macondo: Lowering Risks in the Gulf of Mexico and Globally," focuses on a topic important to both the Louisiana’s legal community and its general population: the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that rocked the Gulf of Mexico and nearly shorelines in 2010.

“The LSU Laborde Energy Law Center was looking for someone who is an innovative thinker on some important, current energy law issues. Professor Weaver fit the bill perfectly. She is well established as a teacher and writer … and is already one of the world’s top scholars on international petroleum transactions,” said Keith Hall, associate professor of energy law and director of the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute.

“More important, one of the issues on which she has worked recently is what the United States can learn from the Gulf oil spill.”

Weaver specializes in oil and gas law, energy policy, international petroleum and environmental law. She has lectured on energy-related topics in Africa, Portugal, China, Thailand and in Kazakhstan as a Fulbright Scholar.

In addition to authoring multiple books, Weaver has also written articles on offshore safety and sustainability after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Professor Weaver’s scholarship on this issue is an important contribution toward thinking about how we pursue the development we need, while also protecting workers and the environment,” Hall said.

The Liskow & Lewis Visiting Professorship in Energy Law Lecture, established by a generous gift from the Liskow & Lewis Law Firm, funds distinguished scholars in energy law to promote discussion about relevant energy topics.

“The important thing that the Laborde Energy Law Center wants people to take away from Professor Weaver’s lecture is that we face challenging public policy and legal issues relating to energy but we can successfully deal with those issues, and good legal scholarship can play a vital role in meeting those challenges,” Hall said.

Weaver is scheduled to speak at 5 p.m. in the Robertson Courtroom.

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