Prof Tina Soliman Hunter, Director

Professor Soliman Hunter is a Professor in Petroleum Law teaching and researching in the area of petroleum law (offshore), Arctic resources law and shale gas law. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments and geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her PhD at the University of Bergen, Norway. She has undertaken teaching and research in numerous countries including the UK, Australia, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Greece, Finland, Russia, the USA and the Philippines. Her expertise in regulating petroleum activities has been sought worldwide. Professor Soliman Hunter is currently the Leader of the multidisciplinary Consortium of Researchers and Experts in North and Arctic Marine Ecosystems Oil Contamination (CRENAME), and a visiting Professor at Tomsk State University in the Russian Federation She has published five books and over one hundred articles, book chapters and conference papers. She is currently completing a book on Russian Petroleum Law, the first of its kind in English.

Prof Abbe E. L. Brown

Abbe’s main research interest is the laws relating to innovation and how they intersect with other laws relevant to addressing societal challenges. Key areas of activity are the intersection between intellectual property and climate change, and the different forms of encouraging investment and risk taking seen in intellectual law and in oil and gas regulation. Relevant research has been funded by the British Academy and by the Carnegie Trust. Abbe is @IGFTowardAccess.  

Prof Greg Gordon 

Prof Gordon is the Head of School.  He previously served as Deputy Head of School and as the Co-Director for Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law. Prof Gordon’s principal teaching and research interests are in energy law (particularly upstream oil and gas law), delict/tort and commercial contracting. Greg Gordon joined the School of Law as a lecturer in 2004 after a period working in Aberdeen and London as a solicitor specialising in litigation, primarily in the oil and gas sector.  He became a senior lecturer in 2011 and Professor Law in 2019.  He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prof Roddy Paisley 

Professor Paisley's doctorate was awarded for a thesis on Crown Rights in Relation to Land in Scotland. He joined the School following a period as a solicitor in private practice specialising in land law and conveyancing in Scotland and is conducting research related to land law including servitudes.

Prof Roy Partain

Roy’s research explores the nexus between commercial law and sustainable development, including the liability issues arising from emergent and innovative technologies. His research focuses on sustainable corporate governance; the potential to regulate and incentivize sustainable behaviours from corporate and private actors. His research methodology draws on tools from microeconomics, law and economics, game theory, algorithmic social choice theory, and comparative law. He has advised and worked on energy and environmental research projects underwritten by ministries and research institutions in East Asia.

Prof John Paterson

Professor Paterson's research interests are in energy law, corporate governance and systems theory. He has supervised more than 30 PhDs to completion in these areas and has been involved in a range of international interdisciplinary projects in research, teaching, training and consultancy. 

Dr Gloria Alvarez 

Dr Alvarez is an academic specialised in international arbitration in the energy sector. Her expertise focuses on international commercial law, international arbitration, international investment law, EU Law and renewable energy.Gloria’s current research agenda focuses on arbitration and justice, legal theory of investment arbitration, renewable energy, international investment law, international arbitration and ADR practices to resolve energy disputes. 

Dr Elizabeth Brandon

Dr Brandon joined the University of Aberdeen in 2019, and has taught aspects of energy law in the context of both environmental and natural resources law in Australia, Hong Kong and Scotland. Her research has examined the different regulatory approaches to contaminated sites around the world, including those affected by industrial processes, mining and other resource-intensive activities.  She is particularly interested in the legal framework for the clean-up of decommissioned energy facilities, both onshore and offshore.

Dr Mark Osa Igiehon

Dr Mark Osa Igiehon’s areas of research, teaching, training and consultancy are: energy and natural resources law and governance; law, development and good use of mineral resources; acquisitions and divestments; international investments protection and arbitration; capital projects contracting procurement and construction; decommissioning; upstream contracts; compliance and assurance.  He supervises PhDs. He has over 20 years international and multi-jurisdictional experience with international oil companies and governments. 

Dr Thomas Muizner

Dr Muinzer joined the University of Aberdeen in 2020 as Senior Lecturer in Energy Transition Law.  His teaching and research tends to focus on climate and energy decarbonisation law and policy.  He has subsidiary and intersecting interests in the sphere of constitutional law, human rights protections, and the safe and responsible governance of energy and the environment.  He wrote the first monograph on the world’s first example of national framework climate legislation, Climate and Energy Governance for the UK Low Carbon Transition: The Climate Change Act 2008 (Palgrave: UK, 2018).  He is also Contributing Editor to the first book-length study of Climate Change Acts around the world:  National Climate Change Acts: The Emergence, Form and Nature of National Framework Climate Legislation (Hart, forthcoming).


Ms Anne-Michelle Slater 

Anne-Michelle Slater is a specialist in spatial planning law: marine and terrestrial. Originally from practice, she teaches and publishes on all aspects of regulation and implementation, but with a recent focus on offshore renewable energy systems. She has advised Scottish Government and the Irish Marine Institute on marine spatial planning and was a member of the Royal Town PIanning Institute's Marine Spatial Planning Task Group and on Scottish Government's Sustainable Seas Task Force. Interdisciplinary projects include developing a process to implement marine renewable energy funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and comparing land and sea planning policies in Norway and Scotland funded by the Norwegian research council. 

Dr Daria Shapovalova 

Dr Shapovalova main research interests are in international energy and environmental law. Her current research focuses on the regulation of risks and effects of extractive industries in the Arctic, indigenous rights, and the effectiveness of international law. Daria got her PhD from the University of Aberdeen, after completing law education in Ukraine and the Netherlands.

Mr Scott Styles 

Mr Styles joined the Faculty after holding lectureships in Private Law in the universities of Edinburgh and Dundee. His interests are Jurisprudence, Commercial Law, Oil and Gas Law, and the Scottish Legal Tradition. He was formerly the assistant editor of Daintith and Willoughby's United Kingdom Oil and Gas Law and is still one of its contibuting authors.He has a wide range of resecah intersts including contract law, oil and gas law, securities, medical ethics and the role of the judiciary.

Dr. Eddy Lenusira Wifa

Dr.Wifa joined the Law School in 2018 as an Energy and Natural Resource Law Lecturer. His research interests include Offshore Energy Regulation, Health, Safety and Environmental Risk Governance, Decommissioning, Petroleum Governance Regimes, and Regulatory Theories. He has several publications and has equally presented in several conferences and forums. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the Director of the African Energy Law Forum.

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides 

Dr Constantinos Yiallourides is a Lecturer in Public International Law with a focus on the law of territory, the law of the sea, environmental and natural resources law and the peaceful settlement of international disputes. He has published widely on these areas and has provided expert advice and training to governments, international organisations and other entities on matters of international law.

Associate Members 

  • Moray Barber
  • Professor Do Coyle
  • Martin Ewan
  • Professor Jonathan Fulcher
  • David Haverbeke
  • Dr Ignacio Herrera-Anchustegui
  • Professor Knut Kaasen
  • Professor Alex Kemp
  • Professor Andrey Konoplyanik
  • Professor David Macdonald
  • Dr Eduardo Pereira
  • Professor Euan Phimister
  • Dr Kristoffer Svendsen
  • Professor Kim Talus
  • Norman Wisely
  • Associate Professor Anita Rønne
  • Dr Janan Al-Asady