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Benefits of Joining AIPN


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Continuing Education

AIPN hosts major professional conferences annually, featuring seasoned speakers and panelists offering insight into emerging trends and issues impacting international negotiators. These events also provide enjoyable forums for networking and socializing. 

International Petroleum Summit
The traditional AIPN Spring and International conferences have been combined into one marquee-event. AIPN’s new International Petroleum Summit offers members not just a new look, but a totally new experience. From layouts configured to maximize business networking opportunities and showcase the industry, to a program emphasizing audience engagement through debates on industry hot topics, in-depth interviews of industry leaders, and interactive presentations, the summit is a tremendous value from start to finish. Highlights include daily keynote speakers, updates on the latest global and regional industry developments, recent project case studies, sessions to strengthen negotiation and other commercial skills, fireside interview sessions, and segments to promote career growth and advancement. 

Dispute Resolution Conference
The AIPN also co-hosts an annual course on Dispute Resolution/International Arbitration, designed for international arbitrators, mediators, attorneys and commercial representatives. The program is comprised of presentations and topical discussions delivered in a panel format. The event has been held in various international locations: Dubai, UAE, November 2006; Paris, France, October 2007; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 2008; Singapore, October 2009; Houston, USA, April 2010. The event has previously been held in cooperation with internationally recognized dispute resolution organizations such as the International Center for Dispute Resolution and the International Chamber of Commerce. 

Workshops and Educational Courses
Additionally, AIPN hosts workshops and educational courses throughout the year in various international locations. These are comprehensive courses taught by expert faculty that focus on a wide variety of contract and negotiating topics.

Model Contracts Workshop
The annual AIPN Model Contracts Workshop is held mid-year and focuses on the development of the AIPN international model contracts. These interactive workshops, held in select locations around the world, spark discussion and debate among experts from multinational companies and host government representatives, which contribute to the development and improvement of AIPN's published model contracts.
International Energy Law, Contracts and Negotiations “Short Course”
The AIPN co-hosts an annual course on International Energy Law, Contracts and Negotiations with the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and the Institute for Energy Law. This “Short Course” has become the standard training ground for energy negotiators. This course is held in Houston, TX, USA with one week focused on upstream issues and a second week on midstream issues.
Negotiation Skills Workshop
The Negotiation Skills Workshop is specifically designed to assist individuals relatively new to commercial negotiations and the international side of the E&P industry. It is also a fantastic refresher for more senior negotiators seeking to sharpen their negotiating skills. It is taught by a faculty of experienced negotiators. The number of participants is limited to facilitate the highest level of interaction during negotiation exercises. 
Oil and Gas Asset Valuation and Decision Analysis Workshop
AIPN offers an economics and valuation Workshop designed for a broad audience of upstream oil and gas professionals interested in understanding petroleum economics and uncertainty analysis. 

Journal of World Energy Law and Business
The Journal of World Energy Law and Business, published by Oxford University Press, is the official publication of AIPN. It provides high-quality articles that combine academic excellence with professional relevance and benefits from the expertise of a Board of internationally respected academics, lawyers and other energy professionals. All members have free online access to the Journal.

Started in 2013, AIPN provides on-demand webinars on topics of interest to the international petroleum negotiator. Many will offer CLE credit and are free to members. Non-members may purchase any webinar for a nominal fee.

Advisor Newsletter
The Advisor newsletter keeps members apprised of AIPN initiatives, upcoming events, as well as such important industry insight as upcoming licensing rounds, updates on country laws and government contract terms. Special interest articles are featured as well.

Gain Industry Experience

AIPN Model Contracts
AIPN's model contracts are widely accepted and used in the international energy industry. They are tools for the negotiator that serve as the starting point for negotiations and significantly decrease the time it takes to finalize a deal. AIPN model contracts assist parties to focus their efforts on key commercial and contractual terms rather than on provisions that are of a standard nature. Committees develop new models and revise older versions on an ongoing basis.
Members receive complimentary online access to all AIPN model contracts, as well as to the guidance notes, translations, and educational modules for those contracts where available. Members also enjoy the benefit of joining any of AIPN’s drafting committees.
A full list of AIPN contracts is available on the AIPN website here.
Model Contract Drafting Committees
Participating on an AIPN model contract drafting committee is a valuable tool to gain industry experience while helping the AIPN to develop a balanced and fair model contract.
Due to differences in industry practices, standards, laws and customs, AIPN drafting committees are composed of a broad-based group of practitioners and negotiators who work together to develop a balanced and comprehensive model contract, using options and alternatives where necessary to reflect differences in international industry practice.
Committee members can participate in meetings and comment on issues relating to a particular contract as it is being developed. The collective insights of committee members and the debates that take place during committee meetings offer a significant educational opportunity for you, the negotiator.
Meetings are held in various locations to encourage broad participation. Conference calls and online resources are also used to solicit input from members who cannot attend in person. Committees are open to all AIPN members.
Research Paper
The AIPN Research Paper grant, established in 1996, offers an annual U.S.- $10,000 grant to selected qualified authors for preparation of practical thoroughly researched, publishable papers on industry issues of concern to AIPN members. These papers must be written on subjects of interest to AIPN members and to the international petroleum industry at large. Research papers have been written on topics such as decommissioning, maritime boundary disputes, cross-border pipelines, unitization, stabilization of investment contracts and long-term natural gas contracts. The resulting papers are made available complimentary to all AIPN members and are an important and valuable resource.

Connect with the International Energy Industry Community

Networking Opportunities
Throughout the year, AIPN provides a myriad of opportunities for members to enhance their professional relationships and to keep apprised of industry activities and trends.
Regional Chapter Events
Regional chapter events are held frequently in various locales around the world, which feature topics of interest to petroleum negotiators. Some past locations have included: Houston, Dallas, Calgary, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Lagos, Budapest, London, Aberdeen, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Beijing, Bangkok, Dubai, Doha, Almaty, Moscow, Tokyo, Seoul, Perth and Melbourne.
Membership Directory
All members have access to AIPN's online membership directory that is updated regularly. This expansive resource includes all active members by company affiliation or alphabetical listing and can be searched online.
Young Negotiators
The AIPN Young Negotiators group is designed for members new to or with limited experience in the industry. It is intended to give members the tools they need for career-development and integration into the petroleum negotiations industry. It is a forum for sharing ideas, networking and establishing international relationships with their colleagues.
Student Outreach
The AIPN has initiated student outreach programs at several major universities at the undergraduate and graduate level (petroleum land management, business schools, petrotechnical disciplines). Students are allowed to join the AIPN at reduced student membership fee levels and are eligible for scholarships and writing competitions. The program is designed to assist students seeking a career in the Industry.
Discount to Oil and Gas Energy Law Journal (OGEL)
The OGEL Journal (ISSN 1875-418X,  is an international journal focusing on recent developments in the area of oil-gas-energy law, regulation, treaties, judicial and arbitral cases, voluntary guidelines, tax and contracting, including the oil-gas-energy geopolitics. AIPN members are eligible for a 15% discount, simply click the AIPN box during the registration process. AIPN members are also entitled to join the OGELFORUM discussion list free of charge.


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