Leon Moller
Title: Dr
First Name: Leon
Surname: Moller
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263989
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Duties and Responsibilities

Dr Leon Moller is a lecturer in Oil and Gas Law specialising in Maritime Law, Oil and Gas Law and Oil and Gas Contract Law at UK and International level.

Other responsibilities include;

  • Supervising PhD and LLM research
  • Mentoring junior colleagues
  • Convener of the Law Staff Research Seminars
  • Examiner (University of Dundee (LLM/MSC Programmes on Energy, Arbitration, International petroleum, Downstream Energy, Oil and Gas Law, Mineral Law)
  • PhD Examiner (Aberdeen University; Dundee University; RGU) 

Research Interests

Dr Moller is a member of the Law School Research Group; the Governance & Society and Business & Enterprise theme research groups within Aberdeen Business School. His research interests are on maritime law, international law of the sea, energy and natural resources law including oil and gas law, decommissioning of oil and gas installations, oil and gas contracts, legal risk in oil and gas transactions, international environmental law and contract and commercial law.

PhD Supervision

He is interested in supervising on all areas within his research interests, but particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas: 

  • The regulatory and policy context surrounding unconventional oil and gas projects
  • Transboundary extraction of oil and gas reserves
  • Development of transboundary resources
  • Governance of natural resources
  • Challenges and developments in the law of the sea / maritime law
  • Legal aspects of dry and wet shipping
  • Legal developments and regulation of offshore resources

Leon is currently principal supervisor for the following doctoral research students – Dorothy Bassey, Karen Doyle, Victor Azubike, Jamilu Mohammed.

Professional Memberships

  • Council Member of the UK Society of Legal Scholars (convener of the Maritime Law section)
  • Member of the Law Society of England and Wales; and Namibia 


Section Editor on Energy Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, also chapter on Namibia Energy Policy in Encyclopedia of Mineral and Energy Policy, Springer, 2016;

2 Book chapters: International law on the decommissioning of offshore installations (pp.21-32); & Decommissioning regime in Namibia (359-372), Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law, Policy and Comparative Practice (2nd edition), Marc Hammerson, Globe Law and Business, London, May 2016

Special Issue on Energy Risks and Responses, Co-editor, Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL), 2013

UN Law on the decommissioning of offshore installations, Book chapter in Oil and Gas Decommissioning: Law, Policy and Comparative Practice, Marc Hammerson, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP; Globe Law and Business, London, 2013

Evolution of the legal framework for oil and gas exploration and production in Namibia, Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL), September 2013

The governance of oil and gas operations in hostile but attractive regions: West Africa, International Energy Law Review (I.E.L.R.), July 2010, Vol. 4, pp.110-122.

The new Scottish Marine Bill - sustainable seas for all (with Ann Stewart), Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Energy E-Bulletin 4 September 2008.

Scotland's hydro power potential, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Energy E-Bulletin, 4 September 2008.

The end of cheap energy and the dawn of fuel poverty (with Liz McRobb and Joanne McDowall), Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Energy E-Bulletin, 4 September 2008. 
How firms should prepare to do business in West Africa, Business Bulletin, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, August 2008.

25th UK Licensing Round 2008 – renewed interest in the North Sea Oil, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Energy E-Bulletin, 1 July 2008.

Tax relief for the decommissioning of offshore installations, Shepherd and Wedderburn energy e-bulletin, 1 April 2008.

The cost of decommissioning: Government and Industry attempts to address decommissioning liabilities, Platform, Oil and Gas Technology Review, Issue 103 –2007, (Speaking Out Column), Aberdeen, pp. 14-15; also in the OGEL, Volume 5, November 2007; and in CEPMLP Online Journal, 7 November 2007.

Legal Risks in the Oil Industry, OGEL, Volume 5, issue #04, published November 2007.

Gas from Norway - the panacea for the UK's energy needs? Shepherd and Wedderburn energy e-bulletin, 5 September 2007.   

Oil firms urged to tackle wave of kidnappings (Abductions in Nigeria), Interview with John Bynorth (Home Affairs Editor), Sunday Herald Newspaper, 12 August 2007, Scotland.

Aberdeen Safety Seminar to Protect Oil Workers, 19 July 2007, Press & Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Government's Renewables Focus Must Be On More Than 'Hot Topics', Press and Journal, Aberdeen, Scotland, 9 May 2007.

Technology key to decommissioning schemes, Shepherd and Wedderburn, 30 April 2007, Energy e-bulletin.   

Decommissioning of Offshore Installations, Roustabout, Energy International, February 2007.

Oil and Gas Companies Face Challenges Following Latest Licensing Round, Platform, November-December 2006.

Challenges For Oil and Gas Companies Following Latest Licensing Round, The Press and Journal Business Supplement, Aberdeen, 22 January 2007.

Status of Decommissioning in the North Sea, Energy: The Press and Journal Business Supplement, Aberdeen, October 2006.

International Environmental Law & Policy for Natural Resources & Energy, CEPMLP, Postgraduate Course Modules: Distance Learning Programme for LLM and MBA degrees, University of Dundee, 2006.

The legal framework for offshore diamond mining in Namibia, International And Comparative Mineral Law And Policy: Trends And Prospects, Bastida, Walde (Eds), Kluwer Law, 2005.

Jurisdiction over offshore diamond mining, Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, Vol.21, No.2, May, 2003.

The Outstanding Namibian Maritime Boundaries with Angola and South Africa, International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Vol.18, No.2, June 2003.

Book Review: Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol.11, Brunnée and Hey (eds), Oxford University Press, 2000, published on CEPMLP Internet Journal, 4 October 2002.

Restructuring or Privatization? –State Petroleum Enterprises and the Global Economic Adjustment Process (with George Ndi) - International Oil and Gas Investment, Moving Eastward, (eds: T.Walde and G.Ndi), International Energy and Resources Law and Policy Series, Graham & Trotman, 1994.

PhD Thesis: The legal framework for the exploitation of offshore oil and gas resources in view of the law of the sea convention (UNCLOS, 1982), comparing the UKCS and South - Western Africa (Angola, Namibia and South Africa) including decommissioning of offshore installations. University of Dundee, 2004 (Dundee University Law Library).

LLM Dissertation: The evolution of national petroleum corporations, University of Dundee, 1993 (Dundee University Law Library).

Selected Lectures, Presentations, Conference & Seminar Papers 

International Legal Regime for Decommissioning, International Conference, Decommissioning of Offshore and Subsea Structures, ASRANET, Glasgow & Strathclyde University, Glasgow, 22-23 June 2015

UK Decommissioning: Lessons for Developing Countries, Energy Law & Policy Conference, Law School, Robert Gordon University,  Aberdeen, 23-24 March 2015 

Chaired 3rd Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2014, January 27 & 28, Conference & Exhibition, Lancaster Hotel, London

Development of the Namibian Oil and Gas Industry, 3rd Africa Oil & Gas Summit 2014, Conference & Exhibition, Lancaster Hotel, London, 27 January 2014 (presentation)

International Oil and Gas Contracts, Attorney General’s Office, Accra, Ghana, 6-10 August 2012 (workshop)

Namibia Oil and Gas Contractual and Legal Framework, Namibia Oil and Gas Conference, Rich Africa, Windhoek, Namibia, 6-7 September 2012 (presentation)

Overview of the UKCS oil industry and the decommissioning market, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP Decommissioning Round Table event, Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen, 21 August 2008.

An overview of the current state of play: the issue of liabilities, at Counting the cost of Decommissioning in Oil & Gas, IBC Global Conferences, Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Aberdeen, 18,19 June 2008.

Legal challenges for oil and gas companies in West Africa, the Old Library, Lloyds Building, London, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP and AKE joint seminar, 2 June 2008.

Decommissioning in the UK, training to Total Lawyers from Indonesia, Angola and Scotland, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Aberdeen, 29 May 2008.

Legal Update on Decommissioning of Offshore Installations, presentation at Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP Decommissioning Seminar, 4 March 2008, Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen.

The Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Security provision in the UKCS, - lecture to the master's students, UK Oil and Gas Law course, University of Dundee, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), Dundee, 4 December 2007.

Decommissioning of offshore installations, 4th Year LLB students, UK Oil and Gas Law module, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 27 November 2007.

An overview of marine construction contracts, Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, Aberdeen, In-house seminar- Oil and Gas Law, 16 November 2007.

Legal risk management in the oil industry, Seminar on Understanding Risk: legal and security issues in the Niger Delta, Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen, 25 July 2007.   

International law and decommissioning in the UKCS, Shepherd & Wedderburn LLP seminar on Decommissioning of Offshore Installations – Facing the Future Seminar, Hilton Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen, 20 March 2007.

The decommissioning of offshore installations in the UKCS, Oil and Gas Law Course, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, 28 November 2006.

Regional cooperation in the development of offshore mineral resources, Windhoek, Namibia, 19 February 2004 Namibian Economic and Policy Research Unit (NEPRU).

The outstanding Namibian, Angolan and South African maritime boundaries - International Conference: ‘Analysing International Border Disputes, 15,16 May 2001, Organised by Global Business Network, One Whitehall Place, London.

The legal framework for petroleum exploration in Namibia, - Investment Conference, London & Houston, March 2001 as part of the petroleum investment promotion seminars organised by Namcor and the Ministry of Mines and Energy (Namibia) and Sonangol and the Ministry of Hydrocarbons (Angola).

The Kudu Gas Project: Namibia - 6th Annual Indaba, Africa Upstream, Global Pacific & Partners, 13 October 1999, Cape Town, South Africa.

Towards maximum utilisation of gas in South Africa: a case study assessing developments at the Kudu and Pande Gas Fields in Namibia and Mozambique - 2nd Annual Oil and Gas: Southern Africa Downstream Summit, 18-19 March 1999, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration and Production activities and the marine environment in Namibia - UNDP Regional Workshop on the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), 22-24 July 1998, Cape Town, South Africa.