Research group for Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law and Development Law

ARQUS short term exchange

During the last week of April, the University of Bergen welcomed 6 students from Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3 as a part of the ARQUS collaboration program on Energy Law, and especially focusing on Local Energy Transition.

Excursion to Småkraft hydropower
Excursion to Osterøy to view three of Småkrafts Hydro Power plants
Piotr Szwedo

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Angelique and Camille were two of the french students visiting Bergen.

What was you expectations on visiting Bergen?
- We knew nothing about energy before the Arqus program, let alone the legal aspects of it. It was exiting to learn more about energy. It was also exiting to visit a new country and city on a short term exchange.

The goal of the Arqus short term exchange is to get a greater insight into energy and climate law, and how law plays a role in the transition to renewable energy and transitioning to local energy through seminars, excursions and group work. This topic touches upon both local, national and international political questions. Learning from each other we can gain a deeper insight into what can be a part of the solution in the question of energy transition.

For the french visitors the week had planned several excursions and lectures.

What did you think of the program?
- We found the diversity of activities offered to us very interesting. We met both technical professionals, lawyers and academic researchers. This multidisciplinary approach allowed us to have a global vision of energy issues as well as local viewpoints.

Throughout the week several seminars and lectures were helt on the topics of: Hydrogen, the European electricity market, international trade/investment law in a sustainability context, Market and EU law, environmental impact assessments, the rights of nature, and views on renewable energy in Norway.

The participants visited Equinor's legal department to learn about what an international energy company does to be a part of the change to greener energy in a technical manner and legal manner. 
At Osterøy the participants visited three hydroelectric powerplants of different sizes, all managed and owned by Småkraft. This field trip contributed to give a greater insight to what kind of local conditions in Norway contribute to Norwegian energy production.

Whilst waiting for the visit to Lyon, the students will continue to work on topics conserning local energy transition.

We thank all participants for making this week interesting and providing us with lots of new knowledge.

Tank you as well to Piotr Szwedo for beautiful photos from the excursion to Osterøy!