Prof Colin Roberts

Prof Colin RobertsNational Councillor

Professor Roberts, who mostly lives in Perth, is a Fellow, National Councillor and Past-Treasurer of the Australian Branch of the CIArb.

Colin primarily practices as an International Petro and Resources Geo-Strategist. He is an experienced Resources legal academic (in the fields of public international law, international comparative law, Resources law and international dispute resolution), Engineer, International Arbitrator, Accredited International Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator, Expert Determiner and Dispute Board Member, with about 45 years of Multi-Disciplinary Resource Industry exposure. He is a Professor at WASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Curtin University, and has directed the LLM programme in International Dispute Management at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee.

Receiving his engineering qualifications from the Western Australian School of Mines - Curtin University in Australia as a recipient of the prestigious AusIMM Tertiary Scholarship, Professor Roberts can practice globally, and has been conferred the professional title Eur.Ing. by the Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI). He is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Chartered Scientist in the disciplines of Mining and Petroleum Engineering in the UK, and Professional Engineer in Australia, USA and various African and Asian countries. He gained an LL.M (Master of Laws) in Resources Law and Policy at the CEPMLP - University of Dundee, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration at the Queen Mary College - University of London, Accreditation as an International Civil and Commercial Mediator from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), London and European & International Competition Law (non-degree) at Churchill College - Cambridge.

He has spent most of his working life in the developing world, both in his capacity of managing major projects and in his resource law capacity, specializing in mitigation of sovereign risk, advising governments in resources policy and facilitation of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the resources, energy and infrastructure sectors. He has held numerous public and private directorships in Australia and abroad.

Professor Roberts is currently Director of “Natural Resource Geo-Strategy” (NRG), “Resource Dispute Resolution” (RDR), Salternas GmbH, Salternas Ltd and the “Centre for International Dispute Resolution” (CIDR). He is also a past - authorised emissary for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank.

Colin is proud to have made some milestone achievements in his career: It has been his honour to represent Australia in a diplomatic capacity, serving as the Australian Consular Warden in Zambia; his involvement advising in the early stages of peace negotiations between the government of the Republic of Sudan and the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army/Movement (SPLA/M) and the Northern Democratic Alliance (NDA); the key driver in the CEPMLP winning the “Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade”; as successful mediator facilitating the settlement of a US$311 million claim, in one of the first major Investor – State Mediations, and numerous negotiations on behalf of a sovereign states to secure FDI. The most recent negotiations were for two major resource projects with initial investment valued at US$5 billion and US$18 billion respectively. He is currently directing a major humanitarian project in Somalia. Overall, Somalia has some 388,000 acutely malnourished children in need of critical nutritional support, including life-saving treatment for more than 87,000 severely malnourished children. The project intends to provide enough food, fresh water and fodder to exceed Somalia's requirements.

Professor Roberts dedicates a great proportion of his time attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to host-states susceptible to the poverty trap that threatens systemic terrorism and poor governance. He argues that FDI, made attractive through treaties and viable dispute resolution mechanisms therein, should in turn; create an environment where poverty, terror and subsequent unrest in all its forms are rendered irrelevant. He contributes more than 35% of his time pro bono publico, and works in common, civil and شريعة (Shari’ah) legal jurisdictions in close association with colleagues in Australia, England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Mauritania, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Uganda, Kosovo and Somalia.

Current Professional

  • Director of Salternas GmbH;
  • Chairman Salternas Ltd;
  • Adviser on behalf of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank;
  • Director of Geo-Strategy International advising governments on resources policy and foreign direct investment;
  • Director of Natural Resource Geo-Strategy (NRG) advising transnational corporations on political risk mitigation;
  • Director of Resource Dispute Resolution (RDR) and the Centre for International Dispute Resolution (CIDR) as an international arbitrator and mediator;
  • Professor of public international law, international comparative law, Resources law and international dispute resolution at Curtin University
  • Previous Professional
  • Director Centre for International Dispute Resolution and Management (CIDRAM);
  • Honorary Investment Counsellor for Pakistan in Australia
  • Deputy director and commercial director of the CEPMLP, University of Dundee;
  • Director of the CEPMLP MBA Programme in Resource Management;
  • Leader of the CEPMLP Africa Programme,
  • Director of the CEPMLP LLM Programme in International Dispute Resolution and Management;
  • Senior fellow and honorary lecturer of International Arbitration, at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, Scotland.
  • General manager/partner of RSG Global/Coffey Mining;
  • Adviser in areas of expertise, to the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
  • Current Voluntary
  • Committee member of the International Bar Association (IBA) - IBA Rules on Investor-State Mediation;
  • Western Australian branch councillor of the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association (AMPLA);
  • National councillor of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb);
  • Past-Chairman of the Western Australian Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE);
  • Immediate Past-Chairman of the Western Australian Branch of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM);
  • Previous Voluntary
  • Consular Warden, Zambia;
  • Pakistan Prime Minister’s Secretariat as the Honorary Investment Counsellor for Australia;
  • Member of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Council for the Dispute Board Federation Genève;
  • President of the Mining Institute of Scotland, the Scottish Branch of the Institution of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM);
  • Director of the Petroleum Education and Training Association;
  • Director AusIMM in Ghana and Zambia;
  • Director SPE in Aberdeen, Scotland;
  • Councillor Institute of Engineers (IEAust) in Kalgoorlie, Australia;
  • Councillor Australian Drilling Industry Association (ADIA);
  • Director Australasian Mineral Drilling Association (AMDA);
  • Director Tanzania Exploration and Mining Association (TEMA), working on Industry recommendations for the Tanzanian Mining Code.
  • Director of the Scottish Oil Club;
  • Member of the management board of the Dundee and Angus Oil Venture Group (DAOVG).
  • Qualifications
  • LLM Resources Law & Policy (Dundee);
  • P.G.Dip International Commercial Arbitration (Queen Mary U of London);
  • B.Eng Mining Engineering (WASM-Curtin);
  • Accredited Commercial Mediator (CIArb-London);
  • Eur.Ing. Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs (FEANI)
  • Professional Engineer (Institute of Engineers Australia);
  • Chartered Mining Engineer (Engineering Council UK);
  • Chartered Petroleum Engineer (Institute of Energy);
  • Chartered Scientist (Science Council of UK);
  • Chartered Professional (AusIMM);
  • Fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;
  • Fellow Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IMMM);
  • Fellow Energy Institute (EI);
  • Fellow South African Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (SAIMM);
  • Fellow Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (AusIMM);
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Energy (AIE);
  • Past-Fellow Dispute Board Federation-Geneve.
  • Memberships
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb);
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of Neutrals, Energy Arbitrators List;
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) - Retired;
  • International Bar Association: Section on Energy, Environmental, Natural Resources & Infrastructure Law and Dispute Resolution;
  • Association for International Arbitration (AIA) - Retired;
  • Dispute Resolution Board (DBF) - Retired;
  • Dubai International Arbitration Centre – Associate Member (DIAC) - Retired;
  • Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN) - Retired;
  • Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM);
  • Institute of Engineers Australia (IEAust);
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE);
  • Society of Mining Engineers US (SME);
  • Human Rights Institute (HRI).P: +61 437 483 479
    E: colin@colinroberts.com