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The Institute actively contributes to the resources law community by sponsoring conferences and brief courses. Workshops and seminars have been offered throughout Canada, and have dealt with numerous topics including:

  • Contract law for personnel in the energy sector;
  • Environmental law for practitioners;
  • Resource development and aboriginal land rights;
  • Interjurisdictional water management;
  • Human rights and resource development in Alberta; and
  • Legal and regulatory approaches to integrated resource management.

The Institute also contributes its expertise to the regular teaching program at the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, which offers a concentrated curriculum in resources law. Staff members also teach in a variety of programs outside the law school.

Course on Introduction to Contract Law for Personnel in the Oil and Gas Industry

The course is designed for people working in the energy sector at all levels whose jobs require them to understand the basics of contract law. Course materials draw primarily upon Canadian cases involving the oil and gas industry. The course format is designed to illustrate and reinforce the concepts introduced by the instructor through the extensive use of group exercise sessions. Problems are tackled in a “hands on” fashion in break-out group sessions and then discussed in class.

The course provides an overview of the following selected basic legal concepts applicable to contracts:

Offer and Acceptance

  • When is a legally binding contract formed?
  • How to avoid contractual obligations that are unintended.


  • Why is consideration important?
  • What constitutes consideration?

Written vs. Oral Contracts

  • Are they both equally enforceable?


  • Who are the legal parties to the agreement?
  • What is the nature of a subcontract?
  • How far will indemnities protect third parties?

Express and Implied Terms

  • Who are the legal parties to the agreement?
  • How are contracts legally interpreted?
  • What unwritten terms can be implied into a contract?
  • When can a party sue in contract law or tort law or both?

Tort vs. Contract Claims

  • When can a party sue in contract law or tort law or both?

Limitation of Liability

  • How to spot and interpret a limitation of liability or disclaimer clause.


  • What is the purpose of an indemnification clause?
  • How to spot limitations in the indemnification clause.


  • What is tendering?
  • What makes the Canadian law of tendering so different than other jurisdictions?
  • What are the pitfalls of the law of tendering for procurement activities?
  • What obligations are imposed by law on a party requesting tenders?
  • What is the risk of accepting a non-compliant tender?
  • What are the practical alternatives to tenders?
  • How to manage a tender process to avoid legal pitfalls.

The registration fee for the?one-day course?is $425 and includes all materials and coffee. Please note that lunch is not included.

For more information, please contact CIRL by phone (403) 220-3200 or by email