Boundary Disputes

Tim was counsel for IOCs involved in international boundary disputes arising from oil & gas concessions issued by sovereign governments, including:

  • Boundary dispute that involved the acquisition of six PSCs, which included an area disputed between Yemen and Saudi Arabia for more than seventy-five years. It was eventually resolved in a bilateral treaty.

  • A border dispute between Equatorial Guinea and Gabon involving ownership of islands and the establishment of a boundary line. The dispute involved the demarcation of the maritime boundary and the creation of a Joint Development Zone (JDZ) within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the two countries.

  • Represented an IOC that operated an offshore oil & gas facility located in an area disputed by Timor-Leste (formerly known as East Timor) and Australia. Managed claims initiated by Timor-Leste against oil companies operating blocks issued by Australia within disputed waters.

  • Counsel for the operator of an O&G block issued by Nigeria located in waters disputed by Cameroon and for a consortium participant of another O&G block issued by Nigeria that was in waters disputed by Equatorial Guinea.