Conference: UT Energy Week 2020

Welcome to the sixth UT Energy Week, co-hosted by two student-run organizations, the Longhorn Energy Club and the Texas Journal for Oil, Gas, and Energy Law (TJOGEL), as well as The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute, the McCombs Energy Initiative, and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law & Business. The conference is supported by schools and colleges engaged in energy research across the UT Austin campus, including the Cockrell School of Engineering, McCombs School of Business, LBJ School for Public Policy, Jackson School of Geosciences, and more. The Longhorn Energy Club will host the first two days of programming on February 18 and 19, and TJOGEL hosts the Symposium on February 20 and 21.

UT Energy Week is designed to showcase the interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing of expertise we believe is essential in identifying and solving complex energy problems facing our world. Our goal for the conference is three-fold: to create a platform for experts representing varying points of view to provide their insights on vital energy issues and emerging trends; to highlight the work of UT Austin students involved in energy research; and to demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge among scientists and other researchers at UT Austin, the energy university.

The Longhorn Energy Club’s portion of the 2020 Energy Week program is inspired by Texas’s unique energy legacy and the concept of “2020 vision.” Next year in 2020, governments and corporations will face intense pressure to declare and invest in ambitious energy visions that will shape global dynamics and daily life for decades to come. Yet, uncertainties about international relations, supply chains, technological developments, and social and financial consequences are blurring any chance that perfect 20/20 vision can inform today’s energy decisions. UT Energy Week panelists will explore this tension between uncertainty and urgency for action as they discuss topics including critical minerals, advanced fuels, energy policy in developing nations, the role of the United States and the corporation in international agreements, and more.

For more information, including the program and registration, visit the UT Week 2020 website.

Panel 4: Energy Development in Emerging Economies: Legal Challenges will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Panel Description

The future of the global energy system goes well beyond the borders of the world’s industrialized countries. The development of energy infrastructure in emerging economies of Latin America, Africa, and Asia will play a huge role in the outcome of the global energy transition effort. Policymakers in these regions face the unprecedented task of trying to advance their economies into the increasingly industrialized and globalized 21st century while adhering to mounting environmental pressures from the international community. This panel discusses the legal challenges for the development of energy projects in emerging markets. To what extent do the development policies of these countries take into account climate change/energy transition issues? How do outside investment interests from public and private entities shape the legal frameworks within these markets?


Richard Amato, Director, ATI Energy and ATI Mobility
Sean T. Long, Founder, President & CEO, Endeavor Energy
José María Lujambio (UT LL.M. ’14), Energy Practice Director, Cacheaux, Cavazos & Newton
Carlos St. James, Director of Business Development, Americas, Voltabox

Event series: Conference