Faculty of Law

UiB establishes Center for EU and EEA Law

The Faculty of Law receives approximately 21 million Norwegian kroner from the Research Council to establish the center CENTENOL. The center aims to enhance the knowledge about the relationship between European and Norwegian law.

Christian Franklin
Christian Franklin is the Director of CENTENOL.
Kim E. Andreassen

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"Among other things, the NAV case has shown the need for increased insight into EU and EEA law," says Professor Christian Franklin at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen (UiB).

Franklin will lead The Centre on the Europeanization of Norwegian Law (CENTENOL). The Research Council supports the center with 21 million Norwegian kroner over a four-year period from June 1, 2023, to May 31, 2028. This is the largest call specifically targeting legal research ever.

Challenging and expanding EU and EEA knowledge

The center aims to both challenge and expand current knowledge of EU and EEA law through research, teaching, dissemination, and networking activities.

Norwegian lawyers and public officials will be better equipped to understand the implications of EU and EEA law for Norwegian law and public administration. Specifically, the researchers at the center will examine how social security, immigration, and labor law are influenced by European law.

"We largely meet the need for increased knowledge of how EU and EEA law shapes Norwegian law and public administration," says Franklin.

Impacting all areas of life

Dean Karl Harald Søvig finds it very gratifying that the Research Council is announcing funds related to legal research.

"EU and EEA law impact almost every area of life and are relevant to all legal fields, both in the private and public sectors.

"There is a need for knowledge of both the individual legal rules and the more overarching aspects. For example, EU and EEA law have led to regulations assuming a different role in the legal system," says Karl Harald Søvig.