Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education

Industry Insights: Offshore Safety for Oil and Gas


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Professor John Chandler
Center for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law

(+61 8) 6488 1905

Prof John Chandler and Prof John Paterson

Professor John Paterson has been a recent visitor to the Centre.  This audio presents interesting insights on safety in the oil and gas industry and developments in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Listen to the audio to learn about:

  • Current developments in the United Kingdom and Europe in the regulation of oil and gas.
  • The impact of the Macondo incident on offshore safety. 

About the speakers

Professor John ChandlerInterviewer: Professor John Chandler

Co-Director of The Centre for Mining,Energy and Natural Resources Law John Chandler has been a practising lawyer for over 30 years specialising in mining and petroleum development. He has been a partner in leading law firms such as Freehills and a company director. Professor Chandler has advised parties to large mining projects including major Chinese and Japanese companies.  He is the co-author (with Tina Hunter) of Petroleum Law in Australia (LexisNexis 2013).

Projects he has been involved in include the Argyle Diamond Project, the Channar iron Ore Mine and the Bayu Undan Oil and Gas Project.

He delivers courses for the Centre in the areas of mining and oil and gas. His courses are highly rated by participants. His research interests include oil and gas law, corporate governance and resource investment.


Professor John PatersonInterviewee: Professor John Paterson

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 co-directs the Centre for Energy Law as well as Aberdeen's involvement in the North Sea Energy Law Programme with Greg Gordon.

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.