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Patson Arinaitwe’s contribution to Uganda’s Oil and Gas industry

1926852_728296260537164_680528507_nIt is hard to believe that it is barely four years since Patson finished his master’s programme considering how much he has achieved.

Patson was among the first group of scholars to be awarded with the Tullow Group scholarship in Uganda. Being a lawyer and having an interest in the emerging oil and gas industry in Uganda, he studied LL.M Oil and Gas Law at Robert Gordon University.

After graduating, Patson returned to his job at the prestigious law firm of Sebalu & Lule Advocates in Uganda. There, he was shifted from main stream litigation department to energy/oil and gas department which has since formed the back bone of his private practice, servicing the firm’s clients in the energy and extractive industries.

Patson has so far successfully represented the major oil and gas operators in a couple of ground breaking contentious cases in the oil and gas sector. He has also advised a number of oil and gas and energy companies on a number of cross cutting issues within his area of expertise. However, what he considers as his magnum opus so far has been assisting the Local Content Committee in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development in formulating Uganda’s Oil and Gas Local Content Policy and assisting a number of universities and tertiary institutions in East African region in integrating petroleum studies in the existing curriculum and designing new courses in oil and gas studies.

Patson has also authored a book on Risk Allocation in Oil and Gas Service Contracts alongside other journal articles which have attracted interest amongst legal practitioners and academia globally. He also continues to undertake research and lecture petroleum law studies on part time basis at Uganda Christian University where he is the Head of the Oil and Gas Institute and supervises students undertaking research in the oil and gas sector.

Additionally, Patson was seconded to Mayer Brown International LLP in its London office on a three months ILFA programe to acquire hands on experience and knowledge in energy and oil and gas projects and other facets of corporate practice. ILFA is a programme that builds legal excellence in Africa by providing access to advanced practical legal training, networking opportunities for African lawyers engaged in the negotiation of complex transactions in Africa. The selected lawyers took part in a secondment programme in international law firms, corporations. According to him his studies under the tullow scholarship prepared him for such opportunities. The programme enabled him to build networks with other lawyers across Africa which will help in sharing resources and knowledge. This is in addition to the great pool of resourceful Tullow Group Scholarship alumni.

His goal is to continue building experience and networks that can nurture him to be the ‘go to’ energy lawyer. He continues to undertake research and publish for others to tap in his knowledge. This is in addition to his teaching and practicing career.

Like other Tullow scholarship alumni, Patson intends to continue to use his knowledge to create lasting impact in his society.  In his own words he wants “to contribute to policies and regulations that can achieve the desired need of sustainable development in the energy and mineral sector in Uganda. To help in integrating corporate governance concepts, social responsibility goals, environmental protection best practices in energy/oil and gas law practice.”

We continue to wish Patson, the best and say to him and other scholars, #keepimpacting. #TGSSImpact.