Externado Professor appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Dundee (United Kingdom)

It is Doctor Milton Fernando Montoya Pardo, Law graduate from our House of Studies, with a Law PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid. Additionally, he pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Dundee (United Kingdom).

The Externado Mining-Energy Law Department has, since 2011, an academic cooperation agreement with the University of Dundee. Within the framework of this agreement, seminars have been held with professors from each university; also, training of Externado professors at a Master’s and PhD levels at the University of Dundee, as well as teaching staff participation in graduate courses at both universities. Due to the continuous exchange and Professor Milton Fernando Montoya’s merit, the Social Sciences Faculty of the Scottish University conferred him the status of Honorary Professor.

Besides the honorific aspect, the appointment implies academic tenures to impart classes, seminars, or courses in the postgraduate programs of the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum, and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) on subjects relating to Mining Law, Public Mining Energy Policy in Latin America, Management of Communities in the Extractive Sector, Mining Sector Contract Models, Extractive Activity, and Sustainable Development, among others. Additionally, the appointment allows him to direct and co-direct Masters or Doctorate theses developed by the British University students and calls for visits to the University of Dundee for research development.

Dr. Montoya, who is also the Externado Mining-Energy Law Department Research Director, will participate, as a speaker, in the Third Energy Forum organized by the University of Dundee, in the United Kingdom, on June 10 and 11, 2019.

For the Professor, this appointment “is recognition to work carried out over several years, thanks to the support of the Externado Rectory, the directors and the Mining-Energy Law Department Office. In the end, these fruits redound in the prestige and excellence of our University.”

He also indicated these types of international relations develop because “Mining-Energy Law is a global discipline that cannot be legally addressed as a local and isolated matter, as International variables also determine it. These include the operation of the commodities markets, the evolution of human rights, industry best practices, sustainable development, and international contractual models, among others. In this context, the relationship with international academic centers of excellence, such as the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, is essential.”

Milton Fernando Montoya is also a member of the Academic Council of the Energy and Natural Resources Section of the International Bar Association (IBA); member of the Mines and

Petroleum College of Lawyers Board of Directors, and former Newton Fund scholarship recipient. In the professional practice area, he has acted as general counsel of the National Agency for Legal Defense of the State, the National Mining Agency, and is a founding partner of the legal study firm, Montoya y Asociados. His postdoctoral research topic focused on “Participation and concertation with communities in the projects carried out by the mining sector in Colombia and is the author of numerous Mining-Energy Law Department and international publications. His next endeavor is the research “Perspectives on Energy Poverty in South America” published by Oxford University Press, in the United Kingdom.