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Title: The compatibility of the Kuwait Project with the constitutional oil ownership concepts in the state of Kuwait : a critical and comparative legal analysis of the oil ownershp concepts of the United Kingdom and the state of Kuwait, with an analytical assessment of their application to the "Kuwait Project"
Author: Almohsen, Fatma Khaled
ISNI:       0000 0004 2739 7933
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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Hindering important petroleum projects in Kuwait by the parliament under the pretext of preventing the violation of the oil ownership concepts included in the constitution is almost turning into a phenomenon. According to the Kuwaiti constitution, the natural resources are owned by the state, and consequently foreign oil ownership of national reserves is prohibited (Article 21 of the constitution). In addition, exploiting the national natural resources by other party than the state, though it is legally possibly, is restricted by several conditions (Article 152 of the constitution). The national petroleum project concerns the re-involvement of the international oil companies (IOCs) to develop production capacity from Kuwait’s northern oil fields, which is commonly known as the ‘Kuwait Project’, has met a considerable opposition by the parliament, and consequently has not been yet signed, in spite of the completion of its technical, financial and legal framework. The reason for opposing this project is that it, arguably, may include provisions contradicting with the constitutional framework for the exploitation of petroleum in Kuwait. Whether or not Kuwait’s oil ownership concepts stand as an obstacle to developing Kuwait’s oil production capacity requires examining the application of these concepts to the ‘Kuwait Project’. Such analysis will lead to accurately determine the effectiveness of these concepts when applied in practice and to identify aspects of possible incapability in addressing related issues.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Oil fields