Dr. Talal Abdulla Al-Emadi
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Dr. Talal Abdulla Al-Emadi, Oil & Gas Law Professor & IRL E-i-C (QU), LLM (Harvard), DPhil (Oxford)

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Professional Experience
Professor Al-Emadi is the convener of Oil and Gas Law course, and the Editor-in-Chief for International Review of Law. His broad academic interest is in International Economic Law. He focuses on how the law interacts with the important things in petroleum investment: not just profit, but trust and long-term relationships between Qatar and international oil and gas companies. He is a registered lawyer in the Qatari Bar. He coached the first team representing QU in the Philip C. Jessup international law moot court competition in Washington DC. He was seconded from QU to the Amiri Diwan as a legal counselor for the minister of State for council of ministers affairs. He was the first Qatari to receive a doctorate degree in law (DPhil) from the University of Oxford. His thesis questioned the preference of joint venture agreements in the Qatari gas industry. He was also the first Qatari to receive a master’s degree in law (LLM) from Harvard University where he wrote a comparative dissertation on search and seizure. He returned to Harvard afterwards and was appointed a Visiting Scholar where he developed a course on how health intersects with law, disability and ethics. He was among the first law graduating class, in QU, to receive the bachelor’s in law degree (LLB) after which he joined the then Department of Law (now College of Law) as a faculty member. He has been consulted by international law firms, educational institutions and governments on subjects related to joint ventures, legal education, energy and investment law.

Committee and Board Membership

University level


- QU Press Committee, Chair

- Centre for Law and Development, Advisory Board, Chair

- University Ranking Committee


- University Core Curriculum Program Council, Chair  

- University Community Service and Stakeholders Engagement Committee

- University Institutional Effectiveness Committee 

- University HEPI Report Implementation Committee 

National level


- National Committee for Climate Change – Ministry of Municipality and Environment   

- National Negotiation Team for Climate Change – Ministry of Municipality and Environment   

- International Law Association – Qatari Branch – President 

- HBKU Law School Committee – Qatar Foundation 

- Qatar National Committee for International Humanitarian Law

- Georgetown Center for International and Regional Studies Program Committee (Qatar)

- Oxford Alumni Society in Qatar – Founding Officer


- Qatar National Mental Health Committee

- Qatar Olympic Committee – Permanent Law Committee – Vice Chair

- HBKU Law School Committee – Qatar Foundation

International level 


- Harvard University IGLP Academic Council

- Educational Advisory Board of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


- United States Department of Commerce International Legal Standards Advisory Group

- Oil Senior Expert Advisory Committee of Utah University

- American Bar Association Public Health and Policy Interest


Key Research Interests, Supervision and Press Inquiries
  • Joint venture agreements and petroleum law
  • Legal education reform  
  • Decision-making process and socio-legal studies
  • Multinational enterprises and foreign direct investment
Current Projects
QNRF’s NPRP: TradeLab: Legal Capacity to Empower Development: https://www.tradelab.org 
  • International Investment Law Clinic (convener) 
  • Climate Change and Paris Agreement Law Clinic (convener) 
  • Oil and Gas Law (convener)
Publication (Peer-reviewed journals)
  1. Qatar Arbitration Law: Some Central Issues (republication) TDM 2 (2015)http://www.transnational-dispute-management.com/article.asp?key=2198

  2. The Renegotiating Clause in Petroleum International Joint Venture Agreements (Summer 2012) Oxford Student Legal Research Paper Series (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2073340)

  3. The Hardship and Force Majeure Clauses in International Petroleum Joint Venture Agreements, (Summer 2011) Oxford Student Legal Research Paper Series (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1878558)

  4. Joint Venture Contracts among Current International Negotiated Petroleum Contracts (Summer 2010) Georgetown Journal of International Law: The Summit (http://gjil.org/?page_id=104).

  5. Stabilization Clauses in International Joint Venture Agreements, (May 2010) International Energy Law Review

  6. Qatar Arbitration Law: Some Central Issues (May 2008) 2 International Arbitration Law Review,  (Cited by the American law firm Williams & Connolly LLP team’s submission for ITTIC v. DynCorp, US District Court, Washington DC)

  7. (With M. Al-Asmakh) Cultural Differences and Their Impact: Some Brief Comments (October 2006) Oxford Journal Chinese JIL (http://chinesejil.oxfordjournals.org)

  8. Decisions of Qatari Courts Involving Questions of Private International Law (April 2006) 3 Transnational Dispute Management Issue 2 (www.transnational-dispute-management.com)

  9. The Qatari Experience with Gas Joint Venture Contracts (January 2005) 5 International Energy Law and Taxation Review

  10. The Qatari Exercise of Gas Joint Venture Contracts’ (December 2004) 2 Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence issue 5 (www.ogel.org)

Miscellaneous Publications
  1. (With A. Kolker), QU Law: Global Partnerships and World-Class Standards’ (10th Spring 2009) Qatar University Educational Reform Journal (Tawasol)

  2. Country in Profile: Qatar (Volume 5, Issue 2, 2008) Friends of Jessup

Book in progress (monograph) 
Joint Venture Agreements in the Gas Industry
  • Coach Great Commitment, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Washington DC, USA)
  • HH Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Scholarship, DPhil, Law (Oxford, UK)