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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. She has also advised the World Bank, Washington DC. Recently Professor Hunter assessed the petroleum environment regulations for the Northern Territory (Australia) and continues to advise the current Fracking Review in the Northern Territory.

Professor Hunter has written over forty peer-reviewed articles and twenty peer-reviewed 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 has presented at over 50 conferences on four continents. She is currently researching and writing on oil spills in the Arctic Region, Russian Real Property and Petroleum 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 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 Daria Shapovalova, Aberdeen) 
  • 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)
  • Dr Raphael Heffron, Queen Mary University of London (Energy Security)
  • Dr Darren McCauley, University of St Andrews (POLIS)
  • Professor Andrey Konoplianik, Gubkin State Oil and Gas University (Economics)
  • Professor Peter Styles, Keele University (Geophysics)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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, Ecological Review of Russia
  • External Examiner, Coventry University
  • External Examiner, Nottingham Trent University
  • Member, Research Group on Natural Resources, Environment and Development Law, University of Bergen
  • Member, European Science and Technology Network on Unconventional Hydrocarbon Extraction
  • Member, Research Group on Legal Culture, University of Bergen
  • 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

Admin Responsibilities

  • Director, Centre for Energy Law 
  • SAT Leader, Athena Swan SAT (Law)
  • Ethics Committee

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. 

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


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