Peter Cameron joined Dundee's Centre of Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) in 1997 as Professor of International Energy Law and Policy, after 11 years at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, where he was Director of the Internationaal Institut voor Energierecht. In 2002 he became Professor at the Robert Schuman Centre in the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where he organised a series of annual EU energy law seminars for 6 years. In February 2010 Peter became Director of CEPMLP. He has held visiting professorial appointments at the Universities of Madrid (Autonoma), MGIMO (Moscow) and Singapore (NUS).
Peter has concentrated primarily on oil and gas law in his career as an energy specialist. From 1991 onwards he was regularly employed by the World Bank as a consultant responsible for drafting oil and gas laws and model contracts, working in Poland, in Russia for the Yeltsin Government, Brazil, China, Kazakhstan, and later in Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania. Subsequently, he worked closely with the Norwegian Government and through them assisted the Governments of Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Togo in drafting their hydrocarbons and gas legislation. For a time Peter was seconded to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific at their headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.
Peter has always remained close to the world of legal practice, being a member of the International Bar Association for several decades. He is a barrister (England and Wales, Middle Temple), and has regularly been asked by governments and investors to testify in arbitral proceedings as an expert witness. Peter’s first book, Property Rights and Sovereign Rights: the Case of North Sea Oil, was published in 1983; his research focus in recent years has been on international investment law; currently, he is completing a book length version of the Extractive Industries Source Book (see Activities), to be published by the World Bank in 2014.
Peter was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2013.