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Bergen Energy and Climate Law Days 2023

The Research Group for Natural Resource Law, Environmental Law and Development Law welcome you to the 2023 Bergen Energy and Climate Law Days, to be held on the 23rd and 24th of October 2023 in Bergen. The event is organized in connection with the “Wicked Waters” Research Network Project, generously funded by the Research Council of Norway.

Bergen Energy Climate Days 2023


Climate change, the energy transition, and the need to find a balance between technological and social development with the protection and preservation of nature, create new legal challenges. Research in energy, climate and environmental law is more topical than ever.

The Bergen Energy and Climate Law Days will combine presentations and paper/chapter discussions by senior and younger legal researchers from the Nordics, creating a meeting place, encouraging dialogue, and being a regional dissemination arena for our academic disciplines. Half of the Bergen Energy and Climate Law Days will be reserved for PhD presentations, either the project in general or particular chapters/sections. PhD candidates will receive comments from a designated senior commentator. The other half of the event will be for senior researchers’ presentations and dialogue centered around the common challenges faced by our disciplines. 

Further information regarding the conference and PhD session, including link for registration,  will be circulated shortly and made available on our Research Group’s website.

Please do not hesitate to contact us in case you have any questions regarding this event.

Full programme:

23rd October - Younger Researchers’ Day & Research Trends in the Nordics

8.30 to 8.45 Coffee and registration

8.45 to 9.00 Welcome words:

8.45 to 8.55: Opening note: Karl Harald Søvig, Dean of the Law Faculty, UiB

8.55 to 9.00: Organizers

9.00 to 10.30 – Young Researchers, Panel I

Presentation & comments 1: Sébastien Noël (UEF, Finland) - "Achieving GHG emissions reduction through hydrogen" (30 mins); comments by Anna Christiernsson

Presentation & comments 2: Chiara Morfea (UiB, Norway) – “The Norwegian Transparency Act: a legal solution for the Norwegian Paradox in the energy sector?" (30 mins); comments by Karin Buhmann

Presentation & comments 3: Edith Lalander Malmsten (U. Stockholm, Sweden) – “Legal aspects of spatial planning related to the energy transition” (30 mins); comments by Seita Romppanen

10.30 to 10.45: Coffee break and networking

10.45 to 12.25 Research trends in the Nordics I

Presentation 1: Anna Christiernsson & Melina Malafry - Landscape planning as an instrument for a climate change transition(U. Stockholm, Sweden) (30 mins)

Presentation 2: Alessandro Monti (U. Copenhagen, Denmark) – TBD (30 mins)

Presentation 3: Gabriela Argüello (U. Gothenburg, Sweden) - Navigating Conflicts at Sea: Due Regard Obligations and Large-Scale Offshore Wind Power (30 mins)

Q&A (for all presentations) (10 mins)

12.25 to 13.30 - Lunch break

13.30 to 15.00 – Young Researchers, Panel II

Presentation & comments 4: Astrid Brunt (UiB, Norway) – “Regulating short-term energy markets” (30 mins) – David Langlet

Presentation & comments 5 (30 mins): Reza Maddahi (UEF, Finland) – “Global climate law and carbon capture and storage technology”

Presentation & comments 6 (30 mins): Elsabe Boshoff (UiO, Norway) - The right to sustainable development in Africa: a match for the Anthropocene? (30 mins)

15.00 to 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 to 16.25 – Research trends in the Nordics II / Young Researchers Panel III

Presentation 3: Karin Buhmann (U. Southern Denmark) 'A fair transition in the Nordics: Risk-based due diligence as a solution to the dilemma between the need for an urgent transition and harmful human rights impacts?' (30 mins)

Presentation & comments 7: Gullik-André Fjordbo & Ingvild Ånestad (UiO, Norway) – “The regulatory framework for the offshore grid in light of EU and EEA law”

Q&A (for all presentations) (10 mins)

18.00 to 19.30 Get to know Bergen – guided walk: meeting point outside the Law Faculty

19.30 - Bergen Climate and Energy Law Days dinner


24th October - Research Trends in the Nordics & Practitioners and Industry Perspectives

8.30 to 8.45 Coffee and registration

8.45 to 9.15 Opening note: Monica Mæland – Director of the Bergen Chamber of Commerce and Industry, former Industry, Municipalities and Modernization, as well as Justice Minister (2013 to 2021). Confirmed.

9.15 to 10.25 Research trends in the Nordics III

Presentation 4: Stella Tsani (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece) “Local content policies: Literature review and future directions in view of the sustainability and energy transition” (30 mins)

Presentation 5: David Langlet (U. Uppsala, Sweden) “Legitimacy in and of EU law for energy transition” (30 mins)

Q&A (for all presentations) (10 mins)

10.25 to 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 to 11.45 Keynote: Prof. Leonie Reins, University of Rotterdam + Q&A session

11.45 to 12.45 – Lunch break

12.45 to 13.55 Research trends in the Nordics IV

Presentation 6: Christina Voigt (UiO, Norway) "Climate change at International Courts: Cases, Expectations and Possible Impacts"? (30 mins)

Presentation 7: Seita Romppanen (UEF, Finland) “Examining the Interface of Climate and Energy Law: A Comparative Analysis on Legal Disciplines as a Legal Method in Transition” (30 mins)

Q&A (for both presentations) (10 mins)

13.55 to 14.10 Coffee break

14.10 to 15.20 What are practitioners at?

Schjødt Law Firm – Title and speaker TBD (20 mins)

Hjort Law Firm – Title and speaker TBD (20 mins)

PWC, Daniel Næsse (TBC) – Working with the EU Taxonomy rules (20 mins)

Q&A (for all presentations) (10 mins)

Moderator & discussion leader: Enviro student organization

15.20 to 15.35 Coffee break

15.35 to 16.35 – Offshore Norge and University of Bergen: Decommissioning offshore energy assets: Studying possibilities for sustainability and circularity

Roundtable discussion:

Speaker 1:

Speaker 2:

Speaker 3: UiB, Title and speaker TBD

Moderator: Anne-Lise Søyland, Offshore Norge

16.35 to 17.30 – Closing words & Farewell drinks