Professor Hunter specialises in Energy and Petroleum Law, and is the Director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL). She teaches and researches in the areas of national and international petroleum law, unconventional petroleum regulation, Arctic petroleum law and governance, International investment protection in the energy sector, and resources law and policy. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments, geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her Phd at the University of Bergen, Norway.
She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Bergen, the University of Aberdeen, Murdoch University, and the University of Texas, Austin. She has taught in many countries, including Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greece, Russia, and Australia.
Dr Hunter has presented at over fifty conferences on four continents, and written over forty peer reviewed articles. Her expertise has been sought by many national and state/regional governments, where she has been engaged to analyse petroleum laws, draft legislation and advise on technical, policy and governance issues relating to conventional and unconventional petroleum. She has also consulted to governments, industry groups and NGO's in several jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Russia, the Philippines and Canada. in June 2014 Dr Hunter participated in an unconventional gas learning symposium at the World Bank, Washington DC.
Dr Hunter was previously a member of the South Australian Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects, and the working group for the Queensland Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Marketing and Communication Committee of the Aberdeen Chapter of the SPE, a co-editor of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal (OGEL), and co-editor of the upcoming OGEL Journal Special Decommissioning.
She is the author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy, (Intersentia), Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector (Edward Elgar) and Petroleum Law in Australia (LexisNexis). She is currently researching and writing a book on the prevention of oil spills in the Arctic Region.
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