About the Author
Dr Mikhail Kashubsky is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), Charles Sturt University and Head of Secretariat of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU). He is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory and the High Court of Australia and an Honorary Customs Officer of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Customs Scientific Journal.
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A: The idea to write a book on the security of offshore oil and gas installations first came to me when I began my research on this topic in 2006, initially focusing on the Australian legal framework. At the time, there was a lot of hype about the protection of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, but I quickly realised that there was no comprehensive text that specifically addressed and there were no readily available resources that answered even basic questions such as: how common are attacks on offshore installations; where do they take place; and what are the impacts of these attacks? When I completed my PhD in 2012, there was still no that addressed this topic. The main reason for writing this book was to fill a gap in the literature and provide a useful resource for anyone interested in security issues pertaining to offshore oil and gas installations.
A: There have been a number of regulatory developments relating to security of maritime and offshore oil and gas sectors both at international and national levels. Many industry standards, guidelines and recommended practices relating to security have been developed by the petroleum industry. There is better security awareness in the offshore and maritime industries and more spending is allocated to security measures. There have been a considerable number of attacks and unlawful interferences involving offshore oil and gas installations during these years including actions by Nigerian insurgents and Greenpeace environmental activists. In general, the international security environment is dynamic with constantly evolving threats and security challenges relating to the protection of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, which makes it interesting to research and write about it.
3.Q: What sparked your particular interest in this branch of maritime studies?
A: My interest in the offshore oil and gas industry grew out of my personal interest in maritime affairs, but my research activity in this field was inspired by the work and lectures of my dear colleague Dr Michael White QC of the Marine and Shipping Law Unit, University of Queensland.
4.Q: Who would be interested in reading your book?
A: Practitioners in the oil and gas and maritime industries, security consultants, company security officers, academics and students, as well as policy makers and government officials, and generally anyone interested in matters pertaining to the security of offshore petroleum installations.
5.Q: Did you have a chapter you particularly enjoyed writing and if so – why?
A: To tell you the truth, I enjoyed writing the last chapter the most because it was the shortest and had only a few citations and footnotes. But I also enjoyed writing Chapter 8, which is the longest chapter in the book, and which deals with responses of the international oil and gas industry and security controls for offshore oil and gas installations because there have been many developments in that area and a lot of new information for me as researcher to get through.
6.Q: Tell us a bit about your professional background? We are interested in finding out more about your teaching and research.
A: I am a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), Charles Sturt University. I also act as the Head of Secretariat of the International Network of Customs Universities (INCU), which is an international not-for-profit association of academic institutions and individuals in the field of customs and international trade. I am a legal practitioner by profession and I have previously worked as a solicitor and migration law specialist. From 2008 to 2010, I was an Assistant Editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs (formerly Maritime Studies) and I am currently a member of the Editorial Board of the Customs Scientific Journal. I have written several articles on various aspects of oil and gas installations security that have been published in journals such as Australian and New Zealand Maritime Law Journal, Perspectives on Terrorism, Journal of Energy Security and the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal. I have taught the following subjects over the years: International Commercial Transactions Law, Supply Chain Security Management, Transnational Crime, Environmental Taxation, Customs Research Methods and Legal Research Project, and I have supervised several research students.
A: What excites me the most is that it is the first book published on this topic. There are a number of books on maritime security and related subjects such as piracy, but this is the first book that specifically addresses the security of offshore oil and gas installations. In that regard, it fills a gap in the body of knowledge. This book represents a multidisciplinary approach to the topic of ‘offshore petroleum installations security’ covering areas such as terrorism, energy security, maritime security, law of the sea, and critical infrastructure protection. Also importantly, it includes a dataset of attacks and security incidents involving offshore oil and gas installations which, in a way, forms the backbone of the book. I am also excited and honoured that this book has Foreword and Afterword contributed by two of my respected colleagues Dr Michael White QC and Dr Alan D Bersin.
8. Q: Do you have plans for any future books? What’s next in the pipeline for you?
A: I hope to release the second edition of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations Security: An International Perspective in a few years. I have a couple of book ideas, but that is for later. In the near future, I will focus on a couple of other projects such as developing my blog website (www.offshore-petroleum-security.com
) and plan to publish several journal articles.