Dean Levit Participates in Shale Gas Panel in China

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Levit 2011Janet Levit, Dean & Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair for the TU College of Law, participated in a December 1 panel in Beijing, China, titled "The Revolution in U.S. Shale Gas Production and Implications for China."

This event of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China (AmCham-China) also included on the panel Cheryl Matherly, TU Vice Provost for Global Education, and Jim Roth, attorney with Phillips Murrah, P.C., former Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner, and a consultant to the National Energy Policy Institute.

TU Law, a national leader in energy law, is working with Chinese law firms, U.S. law firms with offices in China, and Chinese law schools to encourage Chinese lawyers to study energy law at TU Law. TU Law has offered an LL.M. for foreign lawyers for many years and has recently added an energy law concentration to the existing LL.M. degree. As reported in this recent Associated Press story, China has huge shale gas reserves and continues to make large discoveries.

Roth joined Levit and Matherly in Beijing and delivered a talk on the shale gas revolution at the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing. There were approximately 60 people in attendance, including representatives from Dow Jones, Siemans, BP, GE Power & Water, U.S. Department of State, State of Kansas China office, US-China BusinessConcil, Canada Trade Commissioner, U.S. Department of Energy, Vinson & Elkins, and Baker & Botts.

AmCham-China is a non-profit organization which represents U.S. companies and individuals doing business in China. AmCham-China's membership comprises more than 2,600 individuals from over 1,200 companies. It has more than 40 industry- and issue-specific forums and committees, offers unique services such as the Business Visa Program, holds a wide range of networking and informational events, and meets with U.S. and Chinese officials to discuss challenges and opportunities facing U.S. firms doing business in China. The Chamber's mission is to help American companies succeed in China through advocacy, information, networking and business support services.

Scott Been