Colin Roberts is internationally recognized for his intelligent counsel, dedication and numerous successes in promoting harmonious interstate and transnational commercial relationships.
He practices as an International Resources Geo-Strategist. He is an experienced Resources Lawyer and Engineer, International Arbitrator, Accredited International Commercial Mediator, Adjudicator, Expert Determiner and Dispute Board Member, with nearly 40 years of Multi-disciplinary Resource Industry exposure. He is a Professor at the Centre for Research in Energy & Mineral Economics (CREME) Curtin University, Senior Research Fellow, lecturer of International Arbitration, and has directed the LLM program in International Dispute Management at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee.
A graduate of the Western Australian School of Mines, University of Dundee and Queen Mary College, University of London, Professor Roberts is a Chartered Mining Engineer, Chartered Petroleum Engineer, and Chartered Scientist; additionally qualified in Resources Law & Policy and International Commercial Arbitration.
He has spent most of his 40 year working life throughout the developing world, which includes over 20 years living and consulting in over 30 countries in Africa. He has worked both in his capacity of managing major projects as a mining and drilling engineer, 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. Colin Roberts has held numerous public and private directorships, and is currently Honorary Investment Consul for Pakistan in Australia, Authorized Emissary for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group, Director of “Geo-Strategy International”, “Natural Resource Geo-Strategy” (NRG), “Resource Dispute Resolution” (RDR) and the “Centre for International Dispute Resolution” (CIDR).
Approach and Values
Colin Roberts operates under the highest ethical standards, conforming to the Equator Principles. He promotes international harmony, economic wellbeing and the reduction of conflict and poverty through the promotion of foreign direct investment (FDI), economic best practice through Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and good governance.
Colin 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, corruption 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.
Colin Roberts donates 40% of his time pro bono publico.
Colin is proud to have made some milestone achievements in his career: notably 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). He is also primarily responsible for the drafting of many bespoke mining and petroleum agreements involving sovereign states, and the drafting of numerous national and transnational mining policies and codes.
Colin was the key driver in the CEPMLP winning the “Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade”; the successful mediator facilitating the settlement of a US$311 million claim, in one of the first major Investor – State Mediations, and has led 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, of which, the former is complete and the latter is approaching finalization. These investments will result in a vast reduction in poverty within their target states, along with social infrastructure to benefit the communities.