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The University of Aberdeen School of Law
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Old Aberdeen AB24 3UB


Professor Soliman 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, University of Oslo's Norwegian Institute for Sjørett (NIFS), Murdoch University, Bond University, Tosk State University, University of Eastern Finland, and the University of Texas, Austin. She has taught in many countries, including Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greece, Russia, and Australia. She is a visiting professor on three continents, with appointments to the School of Law, Murdoch University (Australia), Faculty of Law, University of Eastern Finland, and the Biological Research Institute, Tomsk State University, Russian Federation.

Professor Soliman hunter has presented at over 50 conferences on five continents, 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 consulted to governments, industry groups and NGO's in several jurisdictions, including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Russia, the Philippines and Canada. she has also advised the World Bank. Recently Professor Soliman Hunter assessed the offshore petroleum environment regulations for the Northern Territory (Australia) government and Greenpeace Australia on drilling in the Great Australian Bight. 

Professor Soliman Hunter has written over 100 articles and book chapters. Prior to 2019 she published under the surname Hunter, with publications from 2019 forward under the surname Soliman Hunter. 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 the co-leader of the Project Scientific Regulation of Energy Installations in the Arctic (SciBAR Installations Project), and undertakes interdisciplinary research with engineers, scientists and geologists. She is currently researching and writing on oil spills in the Euro-Barents Arctic Region and heads the Consortium of Researchers and Experts in North and Arctic Marine Ecosystems Oil Contamination (CRENAME) a research initiative between the University of Aberdeen, Tomsk State University, the Northern Arctic Federal University and the Murmansk Marine Biological Institute.

Previously a member of the South Australian Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects and the working group for the Queensland Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program, Professor Soliman Hunter is the current Chair of the Marketing and Communication Committee of the SPE Aberdeen Chapter and a Member of the AIPN Education Advisory Board. She is a co-editor of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal (OGEL) and the Russian Environmental Bulletin. She is a reviewer for the UK Economics and Social Sciences Research Council as well as the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. 


Research Interests

  • National and international petroleum law, particularly Russia, Norway, UK, and Australia
  • Unconventional petroleum regulation (especially shale gas and coal seam gas), including technical aspects of field development and well integrity regulation.
  • Land law issues related to onshore petroleum development
  • Arctic petroleum law and governance,
  • Geopolitical and governance issues in petroleum development, particularly in the Russian Arctic
  • Resources law and policy
  • International investment protection in the energy sector, particularly the Energy Charter Treaty and the YUKOS decision.

Current Research

  • Arctic Petroleum development and governance, with a particular focus on the Barents Sea Region
  • Oil spill prevention in the Arctic (in collaboration with Dr Andrey Trifanov and Dr Danil Vorobiev, Tomsk State University, Dr Tatiana Sorokina, Northern Arctic Federal University and Dr Mikhail Makarov, Murmansk Marine Biological Institute) 
  • Energy Security, food security and land use in relation to unconventional gas development (in collaboration with Madeline Taylor, University of Sydney, Australia)
  • Shale gas regulation in the Northern Territory (in collaboration with the Northern Territory Government, Australia)
  • Legal and environmental issues related to energy installations in the Arctic (AHRC GRANT, in collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Kirk, Nottingham Trent)
  • Russian Real Property Law in pre- and post-soviet Russia
  • Petroleum Law in Russia (in collaboration with Irina Fodchenko (Oslo) and Dr Kristoffer Svendsen
  • Legal theory of natural resource regulation (in collaboration with Professor Ernst Nordtveit and Professor Jørn Sunde, University of Bergen) 
  • Miscellaneous articles of the Energy Charter Treaty (in collaboration with Dr Gloria Alvarez, Aberdeen)


  • Dr Slawomir Raszewski, Kings College London and University of East London (POLIS)
  • Professor Andrey Konoplianik, Gubkin State Oil and Gas University (Economics)
  • Dr Danil Vorobiev and Dr Andrey Trifonov, Tomsk State University (Engineering)
  • Dr Mikhail Makarov, Murmansk Biological Research Institute (Marine Sciences)
  • Dr Tatiana Sorokina, Northern Arctic Federal University (Biomonitoring and Arctic Law) 
  • Professor Ursula Witte, University of Aberdeen (Oceanography)
  • Professor Ernst Nordtveit, University of Bergen (Energy Law; Legal Culture) 
  • Professor Rachael Lorna Johnstone, University of Akureyri (Arctic Petroleum Law)
  • Professor Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde, University of Bergen (Legal Culture)
  • Professor Kim Talus, University of Tulane (Energy Law)
  • Professor Elizabeth Kirk, Nottingham Trent University (Arctic Energy Installations)
  • Irina Fodchenko, University of Oslo (Russian Petroleum Law)
  • Dr Kristoffer Svendsen, Tulane Law School (Russian Petroleum Law)
  • Dr Penny Crossley, University of Sydney (Energy Law)
  • Dr Madeline Taylor, University of Sydney (Unconventional Petroleum extraction) 
  • Dr Ignacio Herrera-Anchustegui, University of Bergen (Energy Law)

Research Grants

  • AHRC Network Grant Science Based Regulation of Arctic Installations (SciBaR Installations) £39423.23

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LS501E State Control of Hydrocarbons (Course Coordinator) 
  • LS5076 Oil and Gas Law (Course Coordinator)  
  • LS551U Legal and Environmental Issues in Unconventional Hydrocarbons  (Course Coordinator) 
  • LS5594 Downstream Energy Law (Course Coordinator)
  • LS502S Regulatory Law for Petroleum Operations (Online) (Course Coordinator) 
  • LS502R Petroleum Resource Management (Online) (Course Coordinator)
  • LS552R Governance in Petroleum Development (Online) (Course Coordinator)
  • LS551K Contracting in Hydrocarbons
  • LS5585 International Investment Arbitration in the Energy Sector 
  • LS501D Oil and Minerals for Good
  • LS3531 Energy Law
  • LS551A Principles of Environmental Regulation 
  • EG55P6, EG55Q2 Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis
  • GL5525 Commercial Law and Regulatory Frameworks
  • Week 7 Seminars 
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External Responsibilities

  • Editor, OGEL Journal 
  • Associate Editor, Russian Environmental Bulletin
  • External Examiner, Coventry University
  • External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University
  • External Examiner, University of East London
  • Member, Research Group on Natural Resources, Environment and Development Law, University of Bergen
  • Member, Research Group on Legal Culture, University of Bergen
  • Member, European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction
  • Advisor, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Western Australia
  • Advisor, Department of Mines and Energy, Northern Territory, Australia
  • Advisor, Yamadji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia
  • Advisor, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Aboriginal Corporation, Western Australia
  • Chair, Membership, Marketing and Communications Committee, Society of Petroleum Engineers  (SPE), Aberdeen Chapter
  • Member, Education Advisory Board, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Visiting Academic, University of Bergen
  • Visiting Academic, University of Oslo's Norwegian Institute for Sjørett (NIFS)
  • Reviewer, UK Economics and Social Sciences Research Council
  • Reviewer UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Admin Responsibilities

  • Director, Centre for Energy Law 
  • SAT Leader, Athena Swan SAT (Law)
  • Director, LLM in Energy Law
  • School of Law Research Ethics Officer and Member, CASS Ethics Committee

PhD Supervision

Interested in Supervising PhDs in 

  • Petroleum Law 
  • Arctic petroleum law and governance 
  • Unconventional petroleum development  
  • Energy security
  • Russian energy development 
  • Regulation of well integrity and field development. 

Honorary Appointments

  • Honorary Professor (Docent), University of Eastern Finland
  • Honorary Professor Murdoch  University (Australia)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association
  • Member, Australian Institute of Energy
  • Member, Society of Petroleum Engineers
  • Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
  • Member, Education Advisory Board, AIPN