Oil, Gas and Energy Law (Journal)

  • Aaron Cooper (Guest Editor)
  • Daria Shapovalova (Guest Editor)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity


In 2015, Guyana announced a major discovery of oil offshore, with more substantial discoveries made in the following years. It is now expected to become one of the top oil producers in the Western Hemisphere, with a prediction of almost a four-fold GDP rise by 2025. This newly found resources bring with them an opportunity for an economic boost for the country's public sector but have also raised concerns over the institutional preparedness for such a big development. In recent years, scholar, practitioners, and commentators discussed ways to avoid a 'resource curse' in Guyana, giving recommendation on taxation, wealth distribution, and governance transparency. Concerns have also been raised about the robustness of the environmental risk regulation of the upcoming offshore development and potential disputes with the neighbouring coastal States.

This OGEL Special Issue seeks to examine the current debate on the regulation of petroleum development in Guyana. In particular, we are interested in contributions in the following areas:

Contractual arrangements for petroleum development
Petroleum fiscal regime
Petroleum tax regulation
Safety and environmental regulation for offshore petroleum development
Compatibility of the petroleum development with Guyana's climate goals
Human dimension: regulation of social impacts of offshore petroleum development
Period5 Jan 202028 Mar 2020
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational