Personal Chair


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


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. 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.

Professor Hunter has written over forty peer-reviewed articles and twenty book chapters. 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 on oil spills in the Arctic Region, Russian Real Property Law, and the legal theory of natural resources regulation.

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 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 also a co-editor of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal (OGEL), and co-editor of the upcoming OGEL Journal Special Decommissioning.


Research Interests

  • National and international petroleum law, particularly Norway, UK, and Australia
  • Unconventional petroleum regulation (especailly shale gas), including technical aspects of field and well integrity regulation.
  • Land law issues related to onshore petroleum development
  • Arctic petroleum law and governance,
  • Geopolitical and governance issues in petroelum 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

  • EU Measures for Protecting the Arctic against the effects of petroleum activities
  • Arctic Petroleum Development, with particular focus on the Barents Sea Region
  • Oil spill prevention in the Arctic
  • Energy Security shale gas development in the UK 
  • Shale gas regulation in the Northern Territory (Australia)
  • Socio-legal dimensions of the development of unconventional petroleum in Australia  
  • Legal and environmental issues related to energy installations in the Arctic 


  • Dr Slawomir Raszewski, Kings College London and University of East London (POLIS)
  • Dr Raphael Heffron, Queen Mary University of London (Energy Security)
  • Dr Darren McCauley, Univeristy of St Andrews (POLIS)
  • Professor Andrey Konoplianik, Gubkin State Oil and Gas University (Economics)
  • Professor Peter Styles, Keele University (Geophysics)
  • Professor Jim Underschulz, University of Queensland (Hydrogeology)
  • 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 Eastern Finland (European Energy Law)
  • Dr Steven Latta, Glasgow Caledonian University (Planning)

Teaching Responsibilities

  • LS501E State Control of Hydrocarbons  
  • LS5076 Oil and Gas Law  
  • LS501H Renewable Energy Law
  • LS501C International Energy and Environment Law 
  • LS551U Legal and Environmental Issues in Unconventional Hydrocarbons
  • LS 551K Contracting in Hydrocarbons
  • LS5585 International Investment Arbitration in the Energy Sector 
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External Responsibilities

  • Co-Editor, OGEL Journal 
  • External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University
  • External Examiner, Coventry University
  • Advisor, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Weestern 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

Admin Responsibilities

  • Director, Centre for Energy Law 
  • SAT Leader, Athena Swan SAT 
  • Co-Ordinator, LLM in Oil and Gas Law (with Dissertation)
  • Selector, LLM applications 
  • Academic Lead Manager, Law

PhD Supervision

Interested in Supervising PhDs in 

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


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