Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL)

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SEERIL General Meeting – SEERIL Council Member elections

The next SEERIL General Meeting will be taking place at the Biennial Conference of the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL) 17 Apr - 19 Apr 2024, at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia, during which the SEERIL Council Member elections will take place.

At the meeting, the election of the SEERIL Officers and Council Members will take place as well as the announcement of the Co-opted Members. Please see attached the agenda and those nominated for positions.

In accordance with the SEERIL By-Laws, members of the Section may may also propose candidates for election and they must be notified to the Section Secretary-Treasurer at least 30 clear days of the General Meeting. Therefore, should you, as a member of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL), wish to nominate a candidate for an elected Council Member position please inform Roger Martella (roger.martella@ge.com) and Jimmy Marriner, Legal Practice Division Administrator (jimmy.marriner@int-bar.org) no later than 19 March 2024.


The Section is composed at present of six subject matter committees: Environment, Health and Safety Law; International Construction Projects; Mining Law; Oil and Gas Law; Power Law; and Water Law.

These committees publish newsletters to keep members informed of significant developments within their subject matter discipline. They may also hold their own specialty conferences. You will find us actively participating in all IBA annual meeting programme activities, putting on cutting edge programmes designed to inform and educate our members. We also hold a bi-annual conference just for our members. The Section is proud to have an official Academic Advisory Group, which publishes a substantial book every two years on topics of interest to our members. We also publish the highly regarded Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law on a quarterly basis.

Because of our members’ expertise, we have been asked by various international organisations to provide comments or insight on various policies within our area of expertise. For example, we have provided comments to the European Union and to the International Monetary Fund. The Section was an active participant in the IBA’s Task Force on Climate Change, Justice and Human Rights, and as a result of that has assisted in the creation of a Climate Change Exchange Network in conjunction with the University of Dundee.

We hope you find this information helpful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact any member of the Section Council or Committee Officers.

We are dedicated professionals committed to the highest standards of legal practice. We are organised for the express purpose of guaranteeing full exchange of views on legal issues within our areas of expertise. Our objective is to enhance our practice, enhance the profession, and safeguard our shared environment and resources in a manner consistent with the needs of our society and of our clients. Welcome!


The role of the Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law Section (SEERIL) is to coordinate the activities of the following committees.

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Past Webinars

Below you can find past webinars presented by SEERIL committees

The Future is Form: AIEN and IBA Launch Joint Collaboration on New Model Clauses for a Successful Energy Transition

The Association of International Energy Negotiators (AIEN) and the International Bar Association’s Oil and Gas Law Committee (IBA-OGC) announce the launch of the joint project to develop Energy Transition Model Clauses.

The project will deliver model clauses that will be standard contractual provisions the oil and gas industry can rely on to implement their emissions reductions and decarbonization goals and that will help enable an energy transition that is timely, just, sustainable, and efficient.

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Scholarship Opportunities

Each year the Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law offers two scholarship awards:

  • Scholarship for Energy and Natural Resources Law Studies:

The SEERIL awards an amount of up to 18,000 to pursue post-graduate studies that may involve master, PhD or post-doctoral research topics in the energy and natural resources field. This scholarship is open to all qualifying academic institutions and their students free of charge. A ‘qualifying academic institution’ is one where at least one member or adjunct member of the faculty is a member of the IBA and a SEERIL committee. The Scholarship is normally open for submission of applications between February and March each year and it is generally awarded during the months of June/July. For further details on applicant qualifications and application submissions please see the following: SEERIL Scholarship for Energy and Natural Resource Law Studies

  • IBA Annual Conference Scholarship:

The SEERIL is pleased to participate in the IBA Annual Conference Scholarship Programme. This programme provides scholarships which are awarded to young lawyers who wish to participate at the Annual Conference, but may find it financially difficult to do so.

The Annual Conference Scholarship includes waived registration fee to attend the Annual Conference, as well as a contribution towards travel/accommodation expenses and is open to those who meet the 'Young Lawyer' eligibility criteria. The Annual Conference Scholarship Programme generally opens for application submissions between late February and early March each year. For further information and application details, please CLICK HERE.

Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law

Published quarterly, the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law (JERL) is the journal of the SEERIL.

The Journal's current Editor is Professor Don C Smith, Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Program at the University of Denver (US) Sturm College of Law where he teaches Comparative Environmental Law and Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas. He is assisted by the Journal Board and Editorial Advisory Committee, comprised of members of the Academic Advisory Group (AAG) of SEERIL. Together, they bring to the journal an unsurpassed expertise in all areas of energy and natural resources law.

Featuring contributions written by some of the finest academic minds and most successful practitioners in this area of study, JERL is a highly respected journal committed to reflecting contemporary issues that face the energy and natural resources sectors.

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SEERIL Podcast

This IBA SEERIL podcast series showcases what is new in energy, natural resources, environmental and infrastructure law, including topics presented at IBA conferences and in IBA committee activities. It also highlights new and interesting topics in the Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law.