B.A., University of Kansas; J.D., University of Kansas
JOHN P. BOWMAN serves as an expert on international petroleum contracts and as an arbitrator in international energy disputes. He retired as a partner in King & Spalding’s Houston office in 2020, after 40 years as an advocate in energy disputes. In November 2017 he received the Institute for Energy Law’s Lifetime Achievement in Energy Litigation Award, given to one energy litigator each year whose achievements “have won the admiration of his or her peers”. He is a frequent writer and speaker on international arbitration and international energy topics. His most recent article, Risk Mitigation in International Petroleum Contracts, was published by the Georgetown Journal of International Law [50(4) GJIL 745-87 (2019)]. He served as President of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (2014-2015), the only disputes lawyer so honored. He is also an honorary lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee, where he lectured most recently on “Choice of Law in International Petroleum Agreements.” In 2002 Mr. Bowman received the national Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article on The Panama Convention and Its Implementation under the Federal Arbitration Act, subsequently published as a book by Kluwer. He was awarded the AIPN Education Award for 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, its Legacy Award for 2012-2013, and its President’s Award for 2015-2016. The Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission recognized Mr. Bowman for his contribution to education concerning the Panama Convention at its conference in Panama City celebrating the Convention’s 40th Anniversary in May 2015. Mr. Bowman is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and the Institute for Energy Law. He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He received his J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1980, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Kansas Law Review. In April 2018 he received the KU School of Law’s Distinguished Alumni Award.