Professor John Paterson

Professor John Paterson
LLB(Hons), DipLP (Aberdeen), LLM (Edinburgh), PhD (European University Institute)

Chair in Law

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Professor John Paterson
Professor John Paterson

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Biography

Professor Paterson trained as a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor to the Secretary of State for Scotland before pursuing an academic career. After studying at the EUI, Florence, Italy, he was a Research Assistant at the Centre de Philosophie du Droit, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, where he worked principally on the Governance Project with the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission. He was Senior Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Westminster between 1998 and 2004 when he joined the University of Aberdeen as a Reader. He was appointed Professor of Law in August 2011. He was Acting Head of School 2011-12 and Vice Principal for Internationalisation 2016-18. He is a co-founder of the Centre for Energy Law and directs Aberdeen's involvement in the North Sea Energy Law Programme.

His research has covered systems theory, the regulation of risk, governance in the EU, corporate governance and energy law. He has been involved in a number of international projects both in research and teaching. He has provided specialist training in oil and gas law and corporate governance for the corporate sector, expert advice in international arbitration, and consultancy to international organisations. He is series editor (together with Professor Julian Webb) of the Law, Science and Society series published by Routledge-Cavendish.

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PhD Supervision Interests

Prof. Paterson is interested in supervising research students working in the following areas: corporate governance, legal theory and energy law.

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  • Gordon, G & Paterson, J 2020, Decommissioning of Offshore Installations upon the UK Continental Shelf. in M Roggenkamp & C Banet (eds), European Energy Law Report XIII. pp. 307-327.
  • Paterson, J 2019, Production Sharing Agreements in Africa: Sovereignty and Relationality. in Ethiopian Yearbook of International Law 2018: In Pursuit of Peace and Prosperity. Springer , pp. 119-147.
  • Gordon, GW, Paterson, JB & Vass, U 2018, The Wood Review and Maximising Economic Recovery Upon the UKCS. in G Gordon, J Paterson & E Üșenmez (eds), UK Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends: Volume I: Resource Management and Regulatory Law. 3 edn, vol. 1, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 133-169.
  • Gordon, GW, Paterson, JB & Usenmez, E 2018, UK Oil and Gas Law: Current Issues and Emerging Trends: Volume I: Research Management and Regulatory Law. vol. 1, 3 edn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Gordon, GW, Paterson, JB & Usenmez, E 2018, UK Oil and Gas Law: Current Issues and Emerging Trends: Volume II: Commercial and Contract Law Issues. vol. 2, 3 edn, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.
  • Paterson, J 2017, A systems theory perspective on the principle of precaution employing critical discourse analysis. in A Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (ed.), Research Methods in Environmental Law: A Handbook., 15, Handbooks of Research Methods in Law series, Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 364-395. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/research-methods-in-environmental-law
  • Paterson, J 2017, UKCS Health, Safety and Environmental Law and Regulation. in Offshore Oil and Gas Operations, Principles and Practice: Environment, Health and Safety Management, International Centre for Oil and the Environment. vol. 1, 14. <> [Online] DOI: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/14b024_bb1a8db34246432d9a228f3c352124e2.pdf
  • Paterson, JB 2016, Decommissioning Offshore Installations: international, regional and domestic legal regimes in the light of emergent commercial, political, environmental and fiscal concerns’. in AMPLA Yearbook 2015. AMPLA. <> [Online] DOI: https://ampla.wheelers.co/browse/series/442997
  • Gordon, G, McHarg, AM & Paterson, JB 2016, Energy Law in the United Kingdom. in M Roggenkamp, C Redgwell, A Ronne & I del Guayo (eds), Energy Law in Europe. 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, pp. 1053-1136. <> [Online] DOI: http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/bookshop/product/9780198712893?gclid=CPybk4X4iNQCFQwo0wodmjEArg
  • Gordon, G, McHarg, A & Paterson, J 2016, Energy Law in the United Kingdon. in M Roggenkamp, C Redgwell, A Ronne & I Del Guayo (eds), Energy Law in Europe. OUP Oxford, Oxford, pp. 1053-1136.
  • Paterson, JB 2016, Health and safety during decommissioning. in M Hammerson (ed.), Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law, Policy and Comparative Practice. 2 edn, pp. 157-175. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.globelawandbusiness.com/books/oil-and-gas-decommissioning-law-policy-and-comparative-practice-second-edition
  • Paterson, J 2016, 'Health, Safety and Environmental Regulation on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf in the Aftermath of the Macondo Disaster', Louisiana State University (LSU) Journal of Energy Law and Resources, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 259-272. <> [Online] DOI: http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/lsujoenre4&g_sent=1&collection=journals&id=267
  • Paterson, JB 2016, Petroleum Licensing on the UKCS 50 Years On: Problems, Solutions and More Problems? in RJ Heffron & GFM Little (eds), Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and the US: A Reader. pp. 365-369. <> [Online] DOI: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-delivering-energy-law-and-policy-in-the-eu-and-the-us.html
  • Paterson, JB 2016, Shale Gas Law and Regulation in the United Kingdom. in T Hunter (ed.), Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy. 1 edn, Energy & Law , vol. 18, Intersentia, Cambridge, pp. 281-304. <> [Online] DOI: http://intersentia.com/en/shop/academisch/handbook-of-shale-gas-law-and-policy.html
  • Robson, I & Paterson, JB 2015, INEOS Shale Gas Stakeholder Engagement Report..
  • Gordon, GW & Paterson, JB 2015, Licensing the Exploration for and Production of Petroleum on the UK Continental Shelf. in T Hunter (ed.), Regulation of The Upstream Petroleum Sector: A Comparative Study of Licensing and Concession Systems. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp. 107-132.
  • Paterson, J 2014, Health, safety and the environment. in EG Pereira & STR Holding (eds), The Encyclopaedia of Oil and Gas Law : Volume One: Upstream. vol. 1, Globe Law and Business, pp. 219-228.
  • Hunter, T & Paterson, J 2014, 'Prevention of and Response to Shale Gas Well Incidents: An Assessment of the Current UK Regulatory Framework for Shale Gas Activities', Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, vol. 12, no. 3, 3473. <> [Online] DOI: https://www.ogel.org/article.asp?key=3473
  • Paterson, J 2013, 'A Systems Theory Perspective on Polanyi’s Great Transformation', Studies in Law, Politics and Society, vol. 62, pp. 49-72. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/S1059-4337(2013)0000062003
  • Paterson, JB & Gordon, GW 2013, DHI/SCDI Energy and Constitutional Change Conversation: Oil and Gas. David Hume Institute, Edinburgh. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.scdi.org.uk/pi/2013/DavidHumeInst-ResearchPaper9-2013Paterson-Gordon.pdf
  • Paterson, JB 2012, Law’s Role in the Tension between Security and Sovereignty in the Field of Energy Resources. in JA McNeish & O Logan (eds), Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas. Pluto Press.
  • Paterson, JB 2012, Occupational Health and Safety Law: the Oil and Gas Industry. in R Pereira & K Makuch (eds), Environmental and Energy Law. Wiley-Blackwell , Chichester, pp. 225-239.
  • Paterson, JB 2011, Decommissioning of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations. in G Gordon, J Paterson & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 285-329.
  • Paterson, JB 2011, Health and Safety at Work Offshore. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 187-230.
  • Paterson, JB & Gordon, GW 2011, Mature Province Initiatives. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 112-136.
  • Hunter, T & Paterson, JB 2011, 'Offshore Petroleum Facility Integrity in Australia and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Study of Two Countries Utilising the Safety Case Regime', Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 1-27. <> [Online] DOI: http://www.ogel.org/article.asp?key=3195
  • Gordon, GW, Paterson, JB & Usenmez, E (eds) 2011, Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends . 2nd edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee.
  • Paterson, J, Gordon, GW & Usenmez, E 2011, Oil and Gas Law on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 1-13.
  • Paterson, J 2010, 'Corporate governance in India in the context of the Companies Bill 2009: part 2: evaluation', International Company and Commercial Law Review, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 83-95.
  • Paterson, J 2010, 'Corporate governance in India in the context of the Companies Bill 2009: part 3: proposals', International Company and Commercial Law Review, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 131-143.
  • Paterson, JB 2007, Decommissioning of Offshore Installations. in G Gordon & J Paterson (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. 1st edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, United Kingdom, pp. 149-185.
  • Burns, T & Paterson, JB 2007, 'Gold Plating, Gold Standard or Base Metal? Making Sense of Narrative Reporting after the Repeal of the Operating and Financial Review Regulations', International Company and Commercial Law Review, vol. 18, no. 8, pp. 247-260.
  • Paterson, JB 2007, Health and Safety at Work Offshore. in G Gordon & J Paterson (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. 1st edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, United Kingdom, pp. 115-148.
  • Paterson, JB & Gordon, GW 2007, Introduction and Context. in G Gordon & J Paterson (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 1-10.
  • Paterson, JB 2007, Mature Province Initiatives. in G Gordon & J Paterson (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Dundee University Press, Dundee, United Kingdom, pp. 69-93.
  • Gordon, GW & Paterson, JB 2007, Mature Province Initiatives. in G Gordon & J Paterson (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. 1 edn, Dundee University Press, Great Britain, pp. 69-94.
  • Gordon, GW & Paterson, JB 2007, Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. 1 edn, Dundee University Press, Great Britain.
  • Paterson, JB, Gadbois, S, Borg Barthet, J, Heriard Dubreuil, C, Vaillant, L, Schneider, T, Dawson, M, Prades, A, Lopez, M & Sala, R 2007, Situation concerning public information about and involvement in the decision-making processes in the nuclear sector. EU Report.
  • Paterson, JB 2007, 'Sustainable development, sustainable decisions and the precautionary principle', Natural Hazards, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 515-528. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11069-006-9071-4
  • Paterson, JB 2007, 'The Evolution of Occupational Health and Safety Law on the UK Continental Shelf', Northern Scotland, vol. 27, pp. 43-67.
  • Paterson, JB 2006, A note on georisk, sustainable development and law. in A Ismail-Zadeh (ed.), Recent Geodynamics, Georisk and Sustainable Development in the Black Sea to Caspian Sea Region: Proceedings of the International Workshop on Recent ... Sea Region. vol. 825, AIP Conference Proceedings, no. 825, American Institute of Physics, New York, NY, USA, pp. 67-78.
  • Paterson, JB 2006, Reflecting on Reflexive Law. in M King & C Thornhill (eds), Luhmann on Politics and Law: Critical Appraisals and Applications . Onati International Series in Law & Society, Hart Publishing, Oxford, United Kingdom, pp. 13-35.
  • Paterson, JB 2004, Context, Comparison and Social Capital: the role of oil and gas law in the fulfilment of Kazakhstan's promise. in J Paterson, M Suleimenov & I Bantekas (eds), Oil and Gas Law in Kazakhstan: National and International Perspectives. International Energy & Resources Law and Policy Series, vol. 20, Kluwer Law International , The Hague, Netherlands, pp. 25-50.
  • Paterson, JB 2003, Science for risk reduction and sustainable development: the role of law. in T Beer & A Ismail-Zadeh (eds), Risk Science and Sustainability. NATO Science Series:II Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, vol. 112, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, Netherlands. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0167-0_7
  • Paterson, JB 2003, The Company Law Review in the UK and the Question of Scope: Theoretical Concerns, Practical Constraints and Possible New Directions. in J Lenoble & R Cobbaut (eds), Corporate Governance: An Institutional Approach . Kluwer Law International , The Hague, Netherlands, pp. 141-184.
  • Paterson, JB 2003, 'Trans-science, Trans-law and Proceduralization', Social and Legal Studies, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 525-545. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0964663903012004005
  • Paterson, JB 2002, Truth or dare: expertise and risk governance. in Better Integration of Radiation Protection in Modern Society: Workshop Proceedings, Villigen, Switzerland, 23-25 January, 2001 . Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France, pp. 43-52.
  • Paterson, JB & Lebessis, N 2001, Developing new modes of governance. in EC, O De Schutter, N Lebessis & J Paterson (eds), Governance in the European Union: Cahiers of the Forward Studies Unit. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, pp. 259-294.
  • De Schutter, O, Lebessis, N & Paterson, JB (eds) 2001, Governance in the European Union. Cahiers of the Forward Studies Unit, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxemburg.
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