Roy Andrew Partain is a Chair Professor at the University of Aberdeen’s School of Law.
His research focuses on mathematical models of legal rules and institutions, especially as applied to matters of sustainable development and enhancing the functioning of democratic institutions.
At the University of Aberdeen, he routinely lectures on mathematical models of law, comparative private and public law, and on international environmental law.
Professor Partain has created several original programs for our School of Law:
He created the LLB with Computing Science, the first in the UK.
He also launched the LLM in Business Law & Sustainable Development, the first to focus on sustainable development for commercially focused lawyers.
He is now re-launching Aberdeen’s Space Law program.
His published research has focused on theory of the anticommons, on the theoretical models of climate change avoidance and mitigation (aka Green Paradox Theory), on the foundations of Environmental Law & Economics, on offshore carbon capture and storage (CCS), and on AI’s threat to law and social justice.
Originally trained in economics at GA Tech and UNC-CH (Chapel Hill), and a former banker at Deutsche Bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt, it was during his FLAS Fellowship in Korea that he learned of the centrality of law to the issues of economic development and of sustainable development. He retrained as a lawyer at Vanderbilt University’s Law School, earning his JD, and then graduated with his PhD in Law from Erasmus University in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
Prior to his academic appointment at Aberdeen, he was a law professor in Seoul, South Korea, a professor of economics in Daegu, South Korea, and he also served as corporate counsel for upstream affairs at both ExxonMobil and at Chevron Corporation.
Professor Partain has been a residential visiting professor or otherwise delivered courses or seminars and remains affiliated with Hiroshima University, Kobe University, Soongsil University, Stetson University College of Law, and at Wuhan University.
He is a member of the Research School Ius Commune, officially accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, wherein he is on the Committee for Transnational Environmental Law. The Ius Commune Research School examines the (im)possibility of harmonization or unification of the rules of law at international and European level.
Professor Partain is actively affiliated with the European Doctorate in Law & Economics at Erasmus University of Rotterdam, participating in a variety of their postgraduate training events.
Professor Partain is a Member of the State Bar of Texas.
Recognizing the role of 'mobility' within legal pluralism and how that can enhance our ability to preserve international human rights;
International frameworks to ensure corporations are responsible/liable for the their public statements on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, especially with regards to their communications to shareholders, governmental authorities, and international NGOs;
Development and critique of international energy policies to prevent cross-border carbon leakages and other 'green paradoxes';
Investigating how implementation of multi-national free trade agreements affect domestic environmental legislation;
Revealing how the implementation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification could be accellerated by recent technological breakthroughs in offshore hydrate resources;
Developing international legal frameworks to enable carbon storage to be undertaken at the least risk possible, to better prevent global climate change;
Developing international legal frameworks to prevent transboundary environmental harms from the extraction of offshore methane hydrates;
Using international and comparative law to create a more functional and equitable legal definition of 'family' and of 'marriage, to support a wide range of emerging social needs; and
Research into new and novel technologies as they impact the potential of Global Sustainable Development
Dr. Partain teaches a range of international law courses; topics include Comparative Law, Corporate Environmental Liability, International Public Law, International Environmental Law, International Energy Law, Law of the Seas, Law & Innovation, and Law & Economics.
He also teaches in multi-disciplinary settings, such as in the Law & Society courses, where he team teaches on the Law of the Seas with professors from drawn from scientific departments.
Examples of Undergraduate Courses & Seminars at Aberdeen:
SX1003 Oceans & Society
LS1026 Cases on Law & Society
LS2032 Public International Law
LS 2536 Introduction to Comparative Law
LS3530 (International) Energy Law
Examples of Postgraduate Courses & Seminars at Aberdeen:
LS501C International Energy & Environmental Law
LS501F Energy, Innovation, & Law
LS501T Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
LS501V Applied Advocacy
LS502K Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
LS551J Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture Storage
LS551L Corporate Environmental Liability
LS551T Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
LS551U Legal and Environmental Issues for Unconventional Hydrocarbon
LS552N Commercial Tax Law and Policy
LS5904 Dissertation (For LLM Students)
Examples of Undergraduate Courses and Lectures delivered Overseas:
Introduction to Anglo-American Common Law
International Commercial Law
Comparative Constitutional Law
Comparative Contract Law
European Union Law
History of Western Law
International Private Law
Legal Research and Writing
Comparative Tort Law
Examples of Postgraduate Courses & Lectures delivered Overseas:
(Comparative) Asian Law
(Comparative) Tort Law
Corporate Environmental Liability
International Business Transactions
International Corporate Litigation
International Law and the Challenge of Offshore Methane Hydrates
Ph. D. Supervision
Dr. Partain supervises research students working in the following areas: Law & Economics, Comparative Law, Regulatory Theory, International Trade Law, International Environmental Law, International Energy Law, and related topics.
He is proud to be an Adviser to the following doctoral students:
Ahmad Usmarwi Kaffah:On the Optimal Legal Frameworks for Indonesia's Offshore Methane Hydrates
Nyingi Bonnie: Interpreting Nigerian Environmental Rules with Context from the Ijon Culture
Suchanun Hunsa-Udom:The Tragedy of Common Heritage: Environmental Conservation and the Exploitation of the Resources of the Deep Seabed
Iman Mulyana: Legal Framework for Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making on Geothermal Energy Project in Indonesia
Alessandro Negri:International Legal Considerations Small-Medium Nuclear Reactors: Both Fission and Fusion based reactors
Hakeem Adamu Tahiru:Enforcement and compliance challenges of local content legislations governing oil and gas industries in sub-sahara agrican countries: comparative studyof Angola, Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda
Etta Ojong-Okongor:On Water, Economic Access to Water, and the Missing Results from the UNCCD
Liliyana Kalinova:On the Provision of Envionmental Law for Mars
Ilya Sukhanov:Legal Foundations for the Privatization of Public Activities
Josselin Lavigne: On Sovereignty over Non-Earth Bodies
Hikari Saito: On the Comparative Analysis of Singapore and New York Conventions
Jennfier Nwali: Comparative Analysis of Legal Frameworks for Hydrogen Economies
Ijud Abeng Tajud: On Protecting the Independence and Functonality of Indonesia's Judiciary
He gladly honors his previous students who successfully passed their viva exams and graduated with their PhDs:
Marianthi Pappa:The 'Butterfly Effect' in Maritime Boundary Dispute Resolution
Ngozi Chinwa Ole:The role of law in improving access to electricity through community based renewable energy projects in Nigeria
Dennis Otiotio: Regulatory Approaches to Flaring in Nigeria