DATES: OCT 30 - NOV 3, 2017    
TUITION: $1995    





Natural gas is among the fastest growing contributors to global energy demand, providing affordable and cleaner alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. However, in many countries, natural gas is a very underdeveloped resource due to poor gas development and use policies; underdeveloped gas infrastructure and markets; and unsupportive legal and commercial frameworks.

This advanced seminar examines issues using policy, legal and commercial lenses to provide a strategic level understanding of the natural gas value chain. Participants will receive a detailed review of the legal and commercial issues that must be resolved for successful sector development. Material is delivered through a variety of methods including: reference reading, in-class lectures, industry panels and interactive group simulations and workshops.


Course Outline

  • Natural gas role (and benefits) in meeting global primary energy needs
  • Principle-based approach to natural gas policy formation
  • Understanding the natural gas value chain
  • Special provisions for natural gas under upstream contracts
  • The role of the public and private sector in the development and governance of the sector including the establishment of a natural gas regulatory authority
  • Commercial aspects of natural gas sale and transportation agreements
  • Principle-based approach to natural gas pricing policy formation
  • Natural gas uses in the power generation sector (including support of renewables)
  • Natural gas monetization options (LNG, GTL, methanol, industrial use)
  • Managing risk in natural gas development projects
  • Gas flaring issues and initiatives
  • Climate change and natural gas 
  • Natural gas infrastructure
  • Case Study -The role of the Natural Gas Company (NGC) in the development of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Natural Gas Sector 


Course Advisors

Mrs. Guly Sabahi is an independent legal adviser and outside general counsel, with 15 years of law firm experience (most recently as Partner at Dentons), advising major international companies and state-owned entities (including NOCs) on cross-border M&A and JV transactions, mainly in the energy sector. Guly also provides legal support on upstream projects, and power projects. Guly has worked on transactions and projects involving assets in over 50 countries in the Middle East, the Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and Latin America. Guly teaches at Georgetown University Law Center, and regularly speaks at events hosted by the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN), and other leading organizations. Guly serves on the Board of Directors, and as VP External Affairs, of the AIPN. Guly is trained in both civil law and common law jurisdictions, and is admitted to practice in the US (New York and District of Columbia), and as Solicitor in England and Wales.

Mr. Robert Lesnick is an Executive Advisor to businesses and governments seeking to develop projects which expand development and use of natural gas.  Mr. Lesnick recently retired from the World Bank as its Oil and Gas Program Coordinator after a successful 30-year career in the private sector.  He has extensive experience in the petroleum sector, including commodity trading, project development, and natural gas field operations.  Robert has over 25 years of international experience as a manager and lead negotiator for the development of energy infrastructure projects.  He has conducted business in more than 60 countries on 6 continents.