Photograph: Frédéric G. Sourgens.

Frédéric G. Sourgens

Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law
Candidatus Magisterii, University of Oslo, 2000
M.A., University of York (UK), 2003
J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2005
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Frédéric Gilles Sourgens is the Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Washburn Oil and Gas Law Center. He serves as Editor in Chief of Oxford University Press' InvestmentClaims reporter of international arbitral awards between states and foreign investors. His most recent books include International Petroleum Law and Transactions (2020) (with Owen Anderson, John S Dzienkowski, Keith Hall, John Lowe, Harry Sullivan & Jacqueline Weaver), Decarbonisation and the Energy Industry, Law, Policy and Regulation in Low-Carbon Energy Markets (2020) (with Tade Oyewunmi, Penelope Crossley & Kim Talus) and Evidence in International Investment Arbitration (2018) (with Kabir Duggal & Ian Laird). Professor Sourgens is currently co-authoring The Transnational Law of Renewable Energy with Teddy Baldwin and Catherine Banet (under contract, Oxford University Press). His most recent articles address salient problems arising from climate change in international law ("The Precaution Presumption" (European Journal of International Law, forthcoming 2021)), energy law ("Geo-Markets" (Virginia Environmental Law Journal, 2020)), and U.S. constitutional law ("The Paris Paradigm" (University of Illinois Law Review, 2019) and "States of Resistance" (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, 2019)).

Professor Sourgens is a globally recognized authority on the intersection between international energy law, international dispute resolution, and transnational law and globalization. Many of his books and articles are routinely cited by counsel in international legal proceedings as well as affirmatively relied upon by international courts and tribunals. Freddy recently was included in the 2021 Who’s Who Legal list for international arbitration as one of half a dozen academics in the U.S. and approximately 30 academics worldwide.

He is active in numerous learned societies and institutes. He served as past-chair of the American Society of International Law’s Private International Law Interest Group. He is a member of the International Practice Steering Committee for the Institute for Energy Law, and a member of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA). He also currently serves as Academic Advisor to the Center of International Law in Nepal. Through this engagement, Freddy co-chairs or co-chaired several regular international conferences including the Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy convened by Oxford University Press in Oxford, England, the ITA’s 30th Workshop and Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, and, previously, the Juris Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference in Washington, DC.

Prior to entering academia on a full-time basis in 2012, Professor Sourgens practiced law first in the Houston office of Fulbright & Jaworski (now Norton, Rose, Fulbright) and then in the Washington D.C. office of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy. During his time in practice, Freddy taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and received the Georgetown Law Center Council of Barristers Inaugural Alternative Dispute Resolution Award for Coaching Excellence.

Professor Sourgens is a graduate of the United World College of the Adriatic, Duino, Italy. He holds a candidatus magisterii degree in Latin and Philosophy from the University of Oslo (Norway), and a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy (The Idea of Toleration) from the University of York (UK). He received his J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School.

Professor Sourgens is Director of Washburn Law's Oil and Gas Law Center.

Professor Sourgens's Justice Quote:

"In the heart is no sleep; there drips instead
Pain that remembers wounds. And to unwilling
Minds circumspection comes"
– Aeschylus, Agamemnon (Sarah Ruden, trans.)

Professor Sourgens's Recommended Reading on Racial Justice:

Teaching Responsibilities
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Cyber Law
  • Evidence
  • Graduate Legal Seminar
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Petroleum Arbitrations
  • Introduction to Anglo-American Law
  • Oil and Gas Operations
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