About the Project
The PhD project will employ interdisciplinary insights to develop principles underpinning any such unitisation agreement (special regimes) governing transboundary oil or gas exploration projects. Drawing on the law and economics literature, questions to be explored are axioms of rationality underpinning the contractual provisions of unitisation agreements. Another example worthy of further reflection, a corollary to the first example above, is to enshrine that the transboundary exploration projects are exploited in merit order (i.e. starting with the lowest risk-adjusted and geology-informed cost). Yet another principle, is to affirm that the sovereignty of each of the signatories is respected. A country signing up to the unitisation agreement is free to award exploration licenses on its side of the border, ideally through an auction. A final example of a possible contractual primitive is to uphold that a transboundary unitisation agreement is neutral with respect to the fiscal regimes of sovereign signatories.
For informal enquiries about the project, contact Professor Volker Röben [email protected]
For general enquiries about the University of Dundee, contact [email protected]
Applicants must have obtained a 2.1 UK honours degree or higher in a relevant discipline, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK. Applicants should normally have a good taught Masters degree (e.g. an average of B or higher) or equivalent in a relevant discipline from a recognised university.
English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 5.5 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s English language requirements are available online: http://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/english-language-requirements.
Step 1: Email Professor Volker Röben ([email protected]) to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
Step 2: After discussion with Professor Röben, formal applications can be made via UCAS Postgraduate. When applying, please follow the instructions below:
Apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy: https://digital.ucas.com/coursedisplay/courses/d62f054d-7fcd-a6b9-5cdf-ef709bccc45e. Select the start date and study mode (full-time/part-time) agreed with the lead supervisor.
In the ‘provider questions’ section of the application form:
- Write the project title and ‘FindAPhD.com’ in the ‘if your application is in response to an advertisement’ box;
- Write the lead supervisor’s name and give brief details of your previous contact with them in the ‘previous contact with the University of Dundee’ box.
In the ‘personal statement’ section of the application form, outline your suitability for the project selected.
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