Founding Editor T.W. Wälde
Professor Thomas W. Wälde (1949-2008)
The Founding editor of OGEL is Professor Thomas W. Wälde (1949-2008). In February 2009 an editorial committee took over the various roles of Professor Wälde for the OGEL and TDM Journals and the associated discussion fora OGELFORUM and OGEMID. OGEL started publishing in 2003.
Professor Thomas W. Wälde, who has died at the age of 59, was a leading scholar and practitioner in the field of international energy and resources law. Though based in a small village outside St. Andrews for the last 15 years of his life, his reach and influence has been global. As he explained in a recording made in 2007, his aim in life was to understand "what lay underneath the emperor's clothes" and to reveal and explain this truth, however unpalatable it might be to listeners". He had no liking for political correctness nor for desires to please. The world of energy and mineral resources is replete with vested interests and empty rhetoric, with shady deals and plain corruption, and Thomas did not shirk from revealing such unpalatable truths. But at the same time, his objective was to support coherent and just policy making for the good of all, and to support those who wished to deepen their understanding of these challenging issues.
Professor Wälde excelled in developing and deepening international understanding of critical legal and policy issues relating to energy and natural resources. He achieved this in his roles as an adviser to governments and companies, as a mediator and arbitrator, as an academic researcher into the critical issues of the day, as an educator, and through his leadership of the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.
A short overview of books, events etc which commemorate Professor Thomas Wälde.
Books & Publications
A Liber Amicorum: Thomas Wälde - Law Beyond Conventional ThoughtEdited by Jacques Werner & Arif Hyder Ali
Hardback/Cloth, CMP Publishing Ltd. 2009.
This book was published in honour of Thomas Wälde, who tragically passed away in October 2008. The editors Jacques Werner and Arif Hyder Ali gathered an impressive collection of essays by practitioners, arbitrators and professors who knew Thomas Wälde in a modest effort to capture Thomas' never ending interests.
New Directions in International Economic Law - In Memoriam Thomas WäldeEdited by Todd Weiler and Freya Baetens
Publication Year: 2011, Hardback.
Pages, Illustrations: xx, 592 pp.
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff. Language: English
This volume is dedicated to the life and work of Prof. Thomas Wälde (†2008), a leading scholar and international lawyer. Contributions reflect the eclectic and multifaceted career of Prof. Wälde, who was an authority on diverse areas such as natural resources law, international dispute settlement, international investment law and economic development. The authors are all leaders in their respective fields of international law, providing timely, critical assessments on the most challenging topics facing the international community. While the thrust of this volume is on international investment law and dispute settlement, contributors also address a wide array of related issues, including lex mercatoria, human rights, corporate social responsibility, and natural resources law. It will appeal to practitioners and academics alike.
All royalties from sales of this volume assist in sustaining the Thomas Wälde PhD Scholarship in International Economic Law (see below), at the Centre for Energy, Mineral and Petroleum Law and Policy in Dundee, Scotland.
Making Transnational Law Work in the Global Economy - Essays in Honour of Detlev VagtsEdited by Pieter H.F. Bekker, Rudolf Dolzer and Michael Waibel
Cambridge University Press, October 2010.
718pp Hbk ISBN: 9780521192521
This tribute to Professor Detlev Vagts of the Harvard Law School, an initiative by the late Thomas Wälde, brings together Vagts' colleagues at Harvard and the American Society of International Law, as well as academics, judges and practitioners, many of them his former students.
All royalty proceeds from this book will be paid to The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law & Policy Education Trust, an educational fund established in Thomas Wälde's memory at the University of Dundee.
International Investment Law and Comparative Public LawEdited by Stephan W. Schill
Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-958910-4
October 2010, Hardback, 920 pages
This book is the result of a larger project Thomas Wälde started with editor Stephan W. Schill a year before his tragic and untimely death. "International Investment Law and Comparative Public Law", Oxford University Press (2010), comprises 25 chapters that develop a bridge between treaty-based international investment arbitration and comparative administrative and constitutional law. It addresses practitioners and academics interested in the field.
JERL special issuePublished quarterly, the Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law is the journal of the International Bar Association’s Section on Energy, Environment, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL).
The August 2009 issue of Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law (JERL) was as special dedicated to former JERL Editor in Chief Prof. Wälde.
Issue 27, no 3, August 2009, www.ibanet.org/Publications/
Scholarship & Fund
The Thomas Wälde PhD Scholarship in International Economic LawPhD scholarship - The late Professor Thomas W. Wälde left a sum of money to establish a PhD scholarship in the field of International Economic Law. The scholarship will cover the full tuition fees for one student for a period of three years, and will be awarded every three years. The scholarship was first made available from September 2010.
More information: www.dundee.ac.uk/cepmlp/gateway/index.php?news=30527
The Energy, Petroleum, Mineral and Natural Resources Law & Policy Education TrustMemorial fund - Established as a result of the untimely death of Professor Thomas Wälde in October 2008. Over a thirty year period Thomas established a substantial international reputation in the field of international economic law, especially in relation to energy and natural resources. This reputation was founded not only on his practical experience and academic writings in this field, but also on his enthusiasm in and ability to inspire, train and educate other professionals and recent graduates. Nowhere was this better exemplified than his success as Director in driving through a major expansion in size and scope at Dundee University's Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, which led to its current reputation as the premier institution in its field in the world.
More information: www.dundee.ac.uk/cepmlp/
Professor Thomas Wälde Memorial Symposium
On October 15th & 16th, 2009, CEPMLP and friends honoured the work of Thomas Wälde. A diverse group of professionals met for a symposium at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrew's, Scotland, covering some of the most compelling topics that animated Thomas's work. The symposium also saw the publication of a Liber Amicorum (see above) and the announcement of the publication of "New Directions in International Economic Law".
FDI Moot - Thomas Wälde Team FundThe Thomas Wälde Team Fund was initiated by the late Prof. Thomas Wälde and Mr. Ian Laird in September 2008 to raise funds and distribute donations to teams in the form of accommodation or travel subsidies. The full amount of all donations received goes to teams. Teams receiving subsidies are selected based on available funds and team needs.
More information: fdimoot.org/waelde.php
Thomas Wälde Advocacy Award for Best OralistThe Wälde family has permitted the FDI Moot (www.fdimoot.org) to name its prize for the best advocate in honour of Prof. Wälde. The prize will be known as the Thomas Wälde Advocacy Award for Best Oralist. It will be awarded to the best individual advocate of the Oral Hearings (determined by adding the scores awarded to that oralist in two Preliminary Rounds in which he/she argued).
International Dispute Negotiation (IDN) Podcast
Michael McIlwrath hosted the CPR International Dispute Negotiation (IDN) podcast series. It offered audio interviews with experts around the world on the actual practice and hot topics in cross-border conflict resolution. The series includes interviews with members of OGEMID and its founder, Thomas Wälde:
- IDN 47: Thomas Walde on Advocacy in International Arbitration (mp3 hosted on TDM)
- IDN 67: Appointing Arbitral Tribunals - Part I of III with Thomas Walde - The Conversation (mp3 hosted on TDM)
- IDN 68: Appointing Arbitral Tribunals - Part II of III with Thomas Walde - The Conversation (mp3 hosted on TDM)
- IDN 69: Appointing Arbitral Tribunals - Part III of III with Thomas Walde - The Conversation (mp3 hosted on TDM)
Special OPEC Award bestowed on the late Professor Thomas WäldeFebruary 2009 - The OPEC Board of Governors has unanimously decided to award the late Professor Thomas Wälde with the OPEC Special Award, "in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of oil and energy research". The OPEC Special Award is a recent augmentation of the OPEC Award which itself is intended to honour those who have shown dedication to research and analysis of oil-related issues.