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Dennis Stickley

International Legal Expert in Petroleum Law and Contract Negotiation


Mr. Stickley is an international legal expert in petroleum law who is based in New Zealand. He is a qualified lawyer in the United States as well as New Zealand and has been listed in the Guide to the World's Leading Energy and Natural Resources Lawyers. He is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Wyoming, where he teaches Oil & Gas Law, Mining Law and Insurance Law.

In his forty years of practice, Mr. Stickley has been the chief legal officer for Sinclair Oil Corporation in the US, and the Petroleum Exploration Corporation of New Zealand. He has also worked as an adviser on law and negotiations regarding petroleum resource development, pipeline transportation and fuel purchase contracts to Petrobangla, PetroVietnam, Kazmunigaz, Cambodian Petroleum Authority, Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero), Gas Authority of India, Papua New Guinea Department of Mines and Petroleum, Philippines National Power Corporation and the Sri Lanka Petroleum Resources Development Secretariat.

Mr. Stickley has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, The World Bank and the European Investment Bank on petroleum sector policy, project financing for oil and gas development and cross-border gas trade in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Greece, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and East and West Africa. He was the legal adviser to four West African governments for the West African Gas Pipeline Project and was appointed as an adviser by the US State Department and Department of Commerce on gas pipeline projects in Azerbaijan and Bangladesh. In 2007, Mr. Stickley was selected as the independent expert on petroleum contracts as part of the implementation process for the Peace and Wealth Sharing Agreement between the Government of the Sudan and the People's Liberation Movement / Army of Southern Sudan.

He has presented training programs on the legal and commercial aspects of the petroleum and power industries for APEC, AusAID, TACIS, NZMFAT, USAID and USTDA. In-house training programs have been conducted for UNOCAL Thailand, CALTEX Indonesia, and Fletcher Challenge Energy. Public courses have been presented for British Geologic Survey (Papua New Guinea), Ghana Bar Association, IHRDC (Indonesia & USA), Instituto Brasilerio de Petroleo (Brazil), LDI Training (Indonesia), Centre for Mining & Petroleum (Australia) the Oxford College of Petroleum Studies (Kazakhstan & UK) and PEPCAC (Pakistan).

The University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy has appointed Mr. Stickley as Honourary Lecturer where for the last fifteen years he has been the Course Director and principal instructor for seminars on Petroleum Industry Negotiations, Petroleum Service Contracts, Gas Industry Contracts and Electrical Power Contracting, Production Sharing Contracts and Downstream Petroleum Law.

He is the course author of International Comparative Petroleum Law and has published “ A Framework for Negotiating and Documenting International Petroleum Transactions” and “ A Framework for Negotiating and Managing Gas Industry Contracts” in which a preview of the table of contents and the first chapter will be made available upon request.

Mr. Stickley's research in the field of petroleum law has been published in the Land and Water Law Review, Tulsa Law Journal and Journal of Comparative and International Law. He received the degrees of Juris Doctor from the University of Wyoming and LLM-Energy Law from the University of Utah and is a member of the New Zealand Law Society, U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators.

Some of his clients include: Shell, BP, Pertamina Refining Directorate, Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero), PetroVietnam, UNOCAL Thailand, CALTEX Indonesia, Chevron Bangladesh, Interoil, Petrobangla, National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia, Cambodian Petroleum Authority, Gas Authority of India, US State Department and Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (NZMFAT), etc.