Lecturers

Academic coordinators

The academic coordinators, who are in charge of the academic content and organisation of each of the four blocks, also have an important role as a lecturer in their blocks. In addition, the academic coordinators travel to each of the other teaching blocks, to lecture on a topic in a comparative panel featuring insights from all four of the host countries: the Netherlands, Denmark, Oslo and the United Kingdom.

Please refer to the academic coordinators page for more information on the coordinators at each of the institutions:

  • University of Groningen: Dr Martha M. Roggenkamp, Professor of Energy Law, Director Groningen Centre of Energy Law
  • University of Oslo: Dr Catherine Banet, Associate Professor in Petroleum and Energy Law, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law
  • University of Aberdeen: Dr Greg W. Gordon, Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor, Aberdeen Centre for Energy Law, School of Law
  • University of Copenhagen: Anita Rønne, Associate Professor of Energy Law, Faculty of Law

External lecturers

The lecturers in the programme further include their colleagues and practitioners from government, law firms and international organisations such as the European Commission, the Energy Charter Secretariat and the United Nations Environmental Programme. The detailed programme of the four teaching blocks shows in which of blocks the lecturers below teach and contains more information on the external lecturers.

The professors regularly arrange for lectures to be hosted at external institutions. This allows participants to gain further knowledge and insight, as do the field trips. These fields trips have included visits to an offshore wind farm, an oil rig under construction, the renewable energy island Samsø, a drill simulator, an underground gas storage facility and a converter station.

University of Oslo

prof. dr. K. (Knut) Kaasen – professor of Law, University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law  knut kaasen

Knut Kaasen joined the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law of the University of Oslo as professor of Law in 1989. Kaasen is a an expert on petroleum law and related areas (concessions, joint operating agreements, petroleum related contracts, safety regulations), with a main emphasis on construction contracts, and on dispute resolution methods, specifically  mediation (including project integrated mediation –PRIME). He is a moderator in negotiations between construction industry and oil companies / owners to establish agreed standard contracts for offshore and onshore development projects and an arbitrator and mediator in commercial disputes.

Prior to joining the Institute, Kaasen worked as an assistant district judge (Nedenes, Arendal) from 1979 until 1981 and, after he received his doctorate in 1984, as counsel at Norsk Hydro a.s from 1984 until 1988. At the University, he has functioned as head of the Petroleum Law Department from 1989 until 2000 and from 2009 onwards. Kaasen has also been the Dean of the Law Faculty (2001-2003), chair of the University Council (2002) and visiting scholar at the  University of Washington, Seattle, USA (1991 – 1992). Outside the academia, he has functioned as Acting Justice at the Norwegian Supreme Court for two periods (2005-2008). Currently, Kaasen is a member of the board of the Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Institute of the Oslo Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the board of the Lovdata foundation.

Publications: (Selection of publications in English)

  • Kaasen, Knut (2014). Safety regulation on the Norwegian continental shelf, In Preben Hempel Lindøe; Michael Baram & Ortwin Renn (ed.),  Risk governance of offshore oil and gas operations.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-02554-7.  Kapittel 5.  s 103 – 131
  • Kaasen, Knut (2013). The lawyer´s approach to safety: law meets engineering. MarIus.  ISSN 0332-7868.  (419), s 55- 80
  • Kaasen, Knut (2012). Project integrated mediation – PRIME, In  Contracts in Norwegian tunnelling.  Norwegian Tunnelling Society.  ISBN 978-82-92641-24-8.  Kapittel II.  s 69 – 77
  • Kaasen, Knut (2012). Project integrated mediation (PRIME). MarIus.  ISSN 0332-7868. 414, s 67- 92
  • Hammer, Ulf; Kaasen, Knut; Nesdam, Anne-Karin & Nygaard, Dagfinn (2011). The petroleum act. MarIus.  ISSN 0332-7868. 404, s 5- 227
  • Kaasen, Knut (2011). Safety regulation, In Ulf Hammer (ed.),  Petroleum law compendium. Book I.  Sjørettsfondet.  ISBN 978-82-90260-51-9.  Chapter 7.  s 129 – 150
  • Kaasen, Knut (2011). The obligation to pay upon cash calls. MarIus.  ISSN 0332-7868.  (400), s 289- 324
  • Kaasen, Knut (2010). Formalism in complex onshore and offshore construction contracts. MarIus.  ISSN 0332-7868.  (394), s 103- 137

prof. dr. O. (Ola) Mestad – professor of Law, University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law Mestad

Publications: (Selection of publications in English)

  • Mestad, Ola (2015). Managing the nation`s wealth – the government take and the resource curse. MarIus. ISSN 0332-7868.  456, s 211- 226
  • Müller-Graff, Peter-Christian & Mestad, Ola (ed.) (2014). The rising complexity of European law. BWV – Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8305-3334-4.  221 s.
  • Mestad, Ola (2011). Attribution of responsibility to listed companies, In Ola Mestad; Gro Nystuen & Andreas Føllesdal (ed.), Human rights, corporate complicity and disinvestment.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-01285-1.    s 79 – 106
  • Mestad, Ola; Nystuen, Gro & Føllesdal, Andreas (2011). Introduction, In Ola Mestad; Gro Nystuen & Andreas Føllesdal (ed.), Human rights, corporate complicity and disinvestment.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-01285-1.    s 1 – 15
  • Mestad, Ola; Nystuen, Gro & Føllesdal, Andreas (ed.) (2011). Human rights, corporate complicity and disinvestment. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-01285-1.  277 s.

prof. dr. I (Ivar) Alvik – professor of Law, University of Oslo, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime LawIvar

Ivar Alvik is professor of Law at the Department for Petroleum and Energy Law of the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law. He is an expert on contract law, administrative law, private international law, legal history, international investment law and arbitration. Prior to his appointment as professor of Law, Alvik has worked as associate professor at the Institute (2011-2014), associate and later senior associate at Thommessen (2008-2010), senior advisor at the legal department of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2007), researcher at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (2007) and research fellow at the Institute of Public and International law of the University of Oslo (2002-2006). Alvik received his doctorate from the University of Oslo (2007) and holds a M.jur. degree from Oxford University (2001). Alvik is also a member of the control committee of the Norwegian Shipowners’ Mutual War Risks Insurance Association.

Publications: (Selection of publications in English)

  • Alvik, Ivar (2016). Endringskrav og ugyldighet ved forutsetningssvikt i komplekse tilvirkningskontrakter, I: Erling Johan Hjelmeng (red.), Ugyldighet i privatretten – minnebok for Viggo Hagstrøm.    ISBN 978-82-450-1808-0.  Kapittel.  s 21 – 48
  • Alvik, Ivar (2015). Fundamental principles of petroleum law. MarIus. ISSN 0332-7868.  456, s 227- 257
  • Bjørnebye, Henrik & Alvik, Ivar (2014). Contract models in common Nordic electricity Retail market. MarIus. ISSN 0332-7868.  440
  • Alvik, Ivar (2013). Arbitration in long-term international petroleum contracts : the “internationalization” of the applicable law, In Karl P. Sauvant (ed.), Yearbook on international investment law and policy 2011-2012.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 978-0-19-998302-5.  Chapter 9.  s 387 – 417
  • Alvik, Ivar (2013). Norway, In Eduardo Pereira & Kim Tallus (ed.), Upstream law and regulation. A global guide.  Global law and business.  ISBN 978-1-905783-89-2.    s 367 – 382
  • Alvik, Ivar (2011). Contracting with Sovereignty – State Contracts and International Arbitration. Hart Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84113-657-8.  345 s.
  • Alvik, Ivar (2010). The Hybrid Nature of Investment Treaty Arbitration – Straddling the National/International Divide, In Christoffer Conrad Eriksen & Marius Emberland (ed.), The new international law : an anthology.  Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 978-90-04-18198-4.  chapter 4.
  • Alvik, Ivar; Eriksen, Christoffer Conrad & Emberland, Marius (2010). Polycentric Decision-making Structures and Fragmented Spheres of Law: A New Generation of International Legal Discourse?, In Christoffer Conrad Eriksen & Marius Emberland (ed.), The new international law : an anthology.  Brill Nijhoff.  ISBN 978-90-04-18198-4.  chapter 1.
  • Alvik, Ivar (2001). The Customary Law of Countermeasures in Relation to the Kyoto-Protocol. Institutt for offentlig retts skriftserie. ISSN 0803-210

University of Copenhagen

prof. dr. P. (Peter) Pagh – professor of Environmental Law, University of Copenhagen, Centre for Public Regulation and AdministrationPagh

Peter Pagh is professor of Environmental Law at the Centre for Public Regulation and Administration of the University of Copenhagen. His primary fields of research include environmental law, climate law, administrative law, neighborhood law, real estate law and EU law. His current research is focused on polluted land, climate law, Nature 2000 protection and waste law.

Publications: (Selection of publications in English)

  • Are we Ready for back-to-nature crop breeding?. / Pagh, Peter. In: Trends in Plant Science, Vol. 2014, No. 14, 01.03.2015, p. 1360-1385.
  • Property and Environmental Protection in Denmark. / Pagh, Peter. Property and Environmental Protection in Europe. ed. / Gerd Winter. Groningen : Europa Law Publishing, 2015. p. 142-151.
  • National Courts and EU Environmental Law – Denmark. / Pagh, Peter. National Courts and EU Environmental Law. ed. / Jan H. Jans; R. Macrory; A.M. Moreno Molina. Vol. 1 Holland : Europa Law Publishing, 2013. p. 269-278.
  • Introduction to Waste Legislation and Regulation. / Pagh, Peter; Wejdling, Henrik. Solid Waste Technology & Management. ed. / Thomas Højlund Christensen. Vol. 1 London : Wiley, 2010. p. 52-59.
  • The Copenhagen Protocol on Climate Change : an international negotiation competition : written submissions. / Nielsen, L. (Editor); Pagh, Peter (Editor); Rønne, Anita (Editor). 1 ed. København : Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet, 2009. 344 p.
  • The Battle on Environmental Policy Competences; Challenging the Stricter Approach: Stricter Might Lead to Weaker Protection. / Pagh, Peter. Reflections on 30 Years of EU Environmental Law. Groningen : , 2006. p. 3-16.
  • Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Volume 14, 2003. Oxford University Press, 2005. p. 435-439.
  • Environmental Damage in Europe (Danish Contribute to the Comparative Table of the Directive and National Law). / Pagh, Peter. Prevention and Remedying of Environmental Damage. Bruxelles : , 2005. p. 109-128.
  • Administrative Criminal Law Systems in Europe: An Asset for the Environment?. / Pagh, Peter. Environmental Crime in Europe. Rules of Sanctions. The Avosetta Series (5). Groningen : Europa Law Publishing, 2004. p. 159-175.
  • Denmark. / Pagh, Peter. The Yearbook of European Environmental Law. Volume 4. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004. p. 557-561.
  • Implementation and Application of Environmental Principles in Danish Law. / Pagh, Peter. Principles of European Environmental Law. Groningen : Europa Law Publishing, 2004. p. 95-98.
  • Denmark’s Compliance with European Community Environmental Law. / Pagh, Peter. European Environmental Law. England : Ashgate, 2003. p. 371-389.

University of Aberdeen

prof. dr. J. (John) Paterson – professor of Law, University of Aberdeen, Centre for Energy Lawjohn paterson

Professor Paterson trained as a solicitor in the Office of the Solicitor to the Secretary of State for Scotland before pursuing an academic career. After studying at the EUI, Florence, Italy, he was a Research Assistant at the Centre de Philosophie du Droit, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium, where he worked principally on the Governance Project with the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission. He was Senior Lecturer and then Reader at the University of Westminster between 1998 and 2004 when he joined the University of Aberdeen as a Reader. He was appointed Professor of Law in August 2011. He co-directs the Centre for Energy Law as well as Aberdeen’s involvement in the North Sea Energy Law Programme with Greg Gordon. His research has covered systems theory, the regulation of risk, governance in the EU, corporate governance and energy law. He has been involved in a number of international projects both in research and teaching. He has provided specialist training in oil and gas law and corporate governance for the corporate sector, expert advice in international arbitration, and consultancy to international organisations. He is series editor (together with Professor Julian Webb) of the Law, Science and Society series published by Routledge-Cavendish

Publications: (Selection of publications in English)

  • Gordon, GW., Paterson, JB. & McHarg, AM. (in press). ‘Energy Law in the UK’. in M Roggenkamp, C Redgwell, A Ronne & I Del Guayo (eds), Energy Law in the EU. OUP Oxford, Oxford.
  • Gordon, GW. & Paterson, JB. (2015). ‘Licensing the Exploration for and Production of Petroleum on the UK Continental Shelf’. in T Hunter (ed.), Regulation of The Upstream Petroleum Sector: A Comparative Study of Licensing and Concession Systems. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, pp. 107-132.
  • Paterson, JB. (2012). ‘Law’s Role in the Tension between Security and Sovereignty in the Field of Energy Resources’. in JA McNeish & O Logan (eds), Flammable Societies: Studies on the Socio-Economics of Oil and Gas. Pluto Press.
  • Paterson, JB. (2012). ‘Occupational Health and Safety Law: the Oil and Gas Industry’. in R Pereira & K Makuch (eds), Environmental and Energy Law. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, pp. 225-239.
  • Paterson, J., Gordon, GW. & Usenmez, E. (2011). ‘Oil and Gas Law on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: Current Practice and Emerging Trends’. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 1-13.
  • Gordon, GW., Paterson, JB. & Usenmez, E. (eds) (2011). Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends . 2nd edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee.
  • Hunter, T. & Paterson, JB. (2011). ‘Offshore Petroleum Facility Integrity in Australia and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Study of Two Countries Utilising the Safety Case Regime’. Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, vol 9, no. 6, pp. 1-27.
  • Paterson, JB. & Gordon, GW. (2011). ‘Mature Province Initiatives’. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 112-136.
  • Paterson, JB. (2011). ‘Health and Safety at Work Offshore’. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 187-230.
  • Paterson, JB. (2011). ‘Decommissioning of Offshore Oil and Gas Installations’. in G Gordon, J Paterson & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 285-329.
  • Paterson, JB. (2007). ‘The Evolution of Occupational Health and Safety Law on the UK Continental Shelf’. Northern Scotland, vol 27, pp. 43-67.
  • Paterson, JB. (2007). ‘Sustainable development, sustainable decisions and the precautionary principle’. Natural Hazards, vol 42, no. 3, pp. 515-528.

T. (Tina) Hunter, professor in Energy Law, University of Aberdeen, Director Aberdeen Centre for Energy Law Hunter

Dr Hunter is a Reader in Energy Law and the co-Director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law. Previously, Dr Hunter was the inaugural Director of the Centre for International Minerals and Energy Law at the University of Queensland. She teaches and researches in the areas of national and international petroleum law, unconventional petroleum regulation, Arctic petroleum law and governance, International investment protection in the energy sector, and resources law and policy. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments, geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her Phd at the University of Bergen, Norway.

In addition to teaching at the University of Aberdeen, Dr Hunter has previous or ongoing teaching appointments in Norway, Australia, Iceland and Russia. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Bergen, the University of Aberdeen, Murdoch University, and the University of Texas Austin. Dr Hunter has presented at over fifty conferences on three continents. Her expertise has been sought by many national and state/regional governments, where she has been engaged to analyse petroleum laws, draft legislation and advise on technical, policy and governance issues relating to conventional and unconventional petroleum. She has also consulted to governments, industry groups and NGO’s in several jurisdictions including Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Russia and Canada. in June 2014 Dr Hunter participated in an unconventional gas learning symposium at the World Bank, Washington DC.

Dr Hunter was previously a member of the South Australian Roundtable for Unconventional Gas Projects, and the working group for the Queensland Modernising Queensland Resources Acts Program. She is currently a co-editor of the Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal (OGEL), and the Editor of the OGEL Journal Special Edition Emerging Legal and Governance Issues in Arctic Energy. She is the author and editor of several books, including the upcoming Handbook of Shale Gas Law and Policy, (Intersentia),  Regulation of the Upstream Petroleum Sector (edward Elgar) and Petroleum Law in Australia (LexisNexis).

Publications: List not provided

C.D. (Christopher) Kee – senior lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen, Centre for Energy Law  Kee

Christopher Kee is the Dean of Chinese Affairs for the University and is a Senior lecturer within the Law School. Prior to joining Aberdeen in the middle of 2011, he was a co-author and senior researcher on the Global Sales Law Project at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He holds an appointment as an Honorary Fellow of Deakin Law School, Australia, and has been an Adjunct Professor at the City University of Hong Kong. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales and specialises in international arbitration and international commercial law. His doctoral thesis involved a comparative analysis of validity in contract.

Christopher has published widely, particularly in the field of arbitration. As a representative of APRAG (Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group) Christopher participated in the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules revision process from 2007 to their completion in 2010. He currently serves on the ACICA (Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration ) Rules Drafting committee, and is a past Co-Chair of AFIA (Australasian Forum for International Arbitration).

In 2013 Christopher was appointed Co-Director of the highly prestigious Willem C Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Christopher Kee has a basic understanding of German and French.

Publications:

  • Croft, C., Kee, CD. & Waincymer, J. (2013). A Guide to the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Schwenzer, I., Hachem, P. & Kee, CD. (2012). Global Sales and Contract Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Greenberg, S., Kee, CD. & Weeramantry, JR. (2011). International Commercial Arbitration: An Asia-Pacific Perspective. Cambridge University Press.
  • Kee, CD. (2011). ‘The Evolving Role of Appointing Authorities’. in S Kroll, LA Mistelis, PP Viscasillas & V Rogers (eds), International Arbitration and International Commercial Law: Synergy, Convergence and Evolution – A Liber Amicorum in honour of Eric Bergsten. Kluwer Law International, pp. 301-316.
  • Schwenzer, I. & Kee, CD. (2011). ‘Global Sales Law: Theory and Practice’. in I Schwenzer & L Spagnolo (eds), Towards Uniformity: The 2nd Annual MAA Peter Schlechtriem CISG Conference. Eleven International Publishing, Utrecht, pp. 155-163.
  • Kee, C. & Munoz, E. (2009). ‘In defence of the CISG’. Deakin Law Review, vol 14, no. 1, pp. 99-123.
  • Kee, C. (2009). ‘Judicial Approaches to Arbitrators Independence and Impartiality in International Commercial Arbitration’. in C Knahr, C Koller, W Rechberger & A Reinisch (eds), Investment and Commercial Arbitration: Similarities and Divergences. Eleven International Publishing, pp. 181-197.
  • Kee, CD. (2008). ‘International Arbitration and Security for Costs: A Brief Report on Two Developments’. The American Review of International Arbitration, vol 17, no. 2, Kee, CD. (2013). ‘International Commercial Arbitration and Poverty: Not obvious but maybe…’. in K Nadakavukaren-Schefer (ed.), Poverty and the International Economic Law System. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, pp. 144-158.
  • Kee, CD. & Opie, E. (2008). ‘The Principle of Remediation’. in CB Andersen & UG Schroeter (eds), Sharing International Commercial Law across National Boundaries: Festschrift for Albert H Kritzer. Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, pp. 232-246.

O.A. (Olivia) Woolley – lecturer in Law, University of Aberdeen, Centre for Energy LawOlivia

Olivia joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in February 2013.  She specialises in renewable energy law and environmental law.  Olivia worked at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law (of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands) between 2011 and 2013 as the coordinator of a research project concerned with the formulation of legal frameworks for offshore grid development in the North Sea (in collaboration with the Delft University of Technology).  She also conducted research at Groningen into the challenges presented to existing European Union and Member State regulations for electricity transmission and distribution systems by their increased use for transmitting and distributing energy from renewable sources.  Olivia undertook and completed a PhD in law at University College London between 2007 and 2012.  Her doctoral research was concerned with the protection of ecosystem functionality, and her thesis presents proposals for a system of governance and associated legal frameworks that seek to preserve this.  Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law’s Role in Protecting Ecosystem Functionality, a book based on her doctoral research, was published by Cambridge University Press in November 2014.

Publications:

  • Woolley, O. (2015). ‘Interpreting Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989: Has Clarity Been Restored?’. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 1, pp. 124-129.
  • Woolley, OA. (2015). ‘Ministerial Duties under the Wild Birds Directive and Judicial Review’. Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 424-428.
  • Woolley, OA. (2015). ‘Renewable Energy Consumption’. in E Woerdman, M Roggenkamp & M Holwerda (eds), Essential EU Climate Law. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, Cheltenham, pp. 125-156.
  • Woolley, O. (2014). Ecological Governance: Reappraising Law’s Role in Protecting Ecosystem Functionality. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Woolley, OA. (2013). ‘Governing a North Sea Grid Development: The Need for a Regional Framework Treaty’. Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, vol 14, no. 1.
  • Woolley, OA., Schaumberg, P. & St Michel, G. (2012). ‘Establishing an Offshore Grid: A Legal Analysis of Grid Developments in the North Sea and in US Waters’. in M Roggenkamp, L Barrera-Hernandez, D Zillman & I del Guayo (eds), Energy Networks and the Law: Innovative Solutions in Changing Markets. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 180-204.
  • Woolley, OA. (2012). ‘Overcoming Legal Challenges for Offshore Electricity Grid Development: a Case Study of the Cobra and Kriegers Flak Projects’. in M Roggenkamp & O Woolley (eds), European Energy Law Report IX. Energy & Law, vol. 13, Intersentia, Cambridge, pp. 169-195.
  • Woolley, O. (2013). ‘Reforming Gas Sector Governance to Promote Biomethane Injection’. Renewable Energy Law and Policy, vol 3, pp. 175-188.
  • Woolley, O. (2010). ‘Trouble on the horizon?: Addressing place-based values in planning for offshore wind energy’. Journal of Environmental Law, vol 22, no. 2, pp. 223-250.

(Emre) Üşenmez, LLM MSc – lecturer in Oil and Gas Law, University of Aberdeen, Centre for Energy LawEmre 

Emre is a lecturer in oil and gas law and an associate at the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL). He is the co-editor of Oil and Gas Law: Current Issues and Emerging Trends. Prior to joining Aberdeen he worked in the natural resources sector in Azerbaijan. He holds an MSc in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance and an LLM in Oil and Gas Law from the University of Aberdeen. He is currently working towards obtaining his joint PhD in Oil and Gas Law and Petroleum Economics. Emre has a significant experience training the staff of national ministries, state and private oil companies, and initiating, facilitating and developing partnerships with academic institutions andd ministries working in natural resources sectors with international engagements in Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey, the UK and the US.

Publications:

  • Usenmez, E. (2014). ‘Optimising Offshore Health and Safety Inspections: How the Markets Could Help’. in P Hempel Lindoe, M Baram & O Renn (eds), Risk Governance of Offshore Oil and Gas Operations. Cambridge University Press, United States of America.
  • Usenmez, E. (2011). ‘The UK’s Energy Security’. in G Gordon, J Paterson & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 33-64.
  • Usenmez, E. (2011). ‘The UKCS Fiscal Regime’. in G Gordon, J Paterson & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 137-160.
  • Paterson, J., Gordon, GW. & Usenmez, E. (2011). ‘Oil and Gas Law on the United Kingdom Continental Shelf: Current Practice and Emerging Trends’. in J Paterson, G Gordon & E Usenmez (eds), Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends. Second edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee, pp. 1-13.
  • Gordon, GW., Paterson, JB. & Usenmez, E. (eds) (2011). Oil and Gas Law: Current Practice and Emerging Trends . 2nd edn, Dundee University Press, Dundee.
  • Usenmez, E. (2010). ‘The stability of the UK tax regime for offshore oil and gas: positive developments and potential threats’. International Company and Commercial Law Review, vol 21, no. 1, pp. 16-25.
  • Usenmez, E. (2009). ‘Increase in Influence: How the Independents are Challenging the Authority of the US Government and Why the UK Government Should Take Note’. International Energy Law Review, no. 5, pp. 171-181. 

University of Groningen

prof. dr. H.H.B. (Hans) Vedder – professor of Economic Law, co-director Groningen Centre of Energy Law, University of Groningenhvedder1

Hans Vedder (8 Augustus 1974) graduated from the University of Groningen in 1997. He was appointed as a PhD researcher in February 1998 with the  Centre for Environmental Law of the University of Amsterdam .

It was there that he wrote his thesis “Competition Law and Environmental Protection in Europe: Towards Sustainability?” which he succesfully defended on 26 September 2003. He was also involved in various third party funded research projects with the Centre.

Since February 2001 he was appointed as lecturer, senior lecturer and currently as professor in Economic Law with the department of European and Economic Law of the University of Groningen. Here he teaches various courses related to the law of the European Union, competition law and EU environmental law. His research focusses on the law of the European Union with a specialisation in competition law, EU environmental law and energy law. The latter research interest is also connected to the fact that he is one of the co-directors of the Groningen Centre for Energy Law.

Hans Vedder regularly teaches postdoctoral courses and conducts third party funded research for various parties (government, private parties, law firms) related to EU law.

In addition to his appointment as professor of economic law he is also appointed as

  • Honorary judge in the Leeuwarden appeals court
  • Member of the advisory committee on appeals to the Netherlands Competition Act
  • Member of the advisory committee on appeals to the Samenwerkingsverband Noord Nederland (SNN)
dr. E. (Edwin) Woerdman, Associate Professor of Law and Economics, co-director Groningen Centre of Energy Law, University of Groningen
woerdman
Dr. Edwin Woerdman is Associate Professor of Law and Economics at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands since 2004. He is also Co-director of the Groningen Centre of Energy Law since 2007.

Woerdman (1970) graduated cum laude in political science at Radboud University Nijmegen, where he specialized in economic theory. He defended his PhD on climate law and economics in Groningen in 2002. He was Chairman of the Department of Law and Economics at the University of Groningen from 2005 until 2009. As of September 2015 he is Co-chairman of this Department.

Woerdman is an expert in the field of emissions trading, including its implementation in the energy sector, with around 19 years of research experience on this subject. He published several international peer-reviewed articles (e.g. in the Review of Law and Economics and in the European Journal of Law and Economics), book chapters (e.g. in the Elgar Companion to Law and Economics) and monographs, including The Institutional Economics of Market-Based Climate Policy issued by Elsevier. He has co-edited a book on the Legal Design of Carbon Capture and Storage published by Intersentia as well as a book on Essential EU Climate Law published by Edward Elgar. Woerdman is also author of an introduction to political science and co-author of an introduction to law and economics, both in Dutch and published by Noordhoff.

prof. dr. M. (Machiel) Mulder – Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets, University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department Economics, Econometrics & Financemachielmulder
Professional experience:
  • 2013 –        : University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets
  • 2013 –        : Authority for Consumers & Markets, Office of the Chief Economist, specialist Regulatory Economics
  • 2007 – 2013: Netherlands Competition Autority (NMa), deputy Chief Economist
  • 2006 / 2007: CE Delft, head of the the department of Economics
  • 2000 – 2006: Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB), head Energy Department
  • 1989 – 1999: Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), scientific member of staff
  • 1986 – 1988: Council for Small and Medium Sized Firms (RMK), scientific member of staff
  • 1984 – 1985: University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics, research assistant

Education:

  • 1994: PhD Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1990: Bachelor Business Administration
  • 1985: Bachelor and Master Economics, University of Groningen (cum laude)
  • 1984: Bachelor Philosophy, University of Groningen
Press releases University of Groningen:

International Energy Economics Conference 2018 to be held in Groningen” (31 March 2015)
“NWO grant for Prof. Mulder: Changes to electricity market due to sustainable energy” (12 March 2015)

Inaugural speech (11 March 2014) (in Dutch): “Balanceren in onzekerheid: zoektocht naar de optimale regulering”
paper (pdf); speech (pdf); powerpoint (pdf); press release

R.C. (Ruven) Fleming – Assistant Professor of Energy Law, University of Groningen, Groningen Centre of Energy LawRuven Fleming

Dr. Ruven Fleming is an Assistant Professor in Law at the University of Groningen. He is working at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law. Dr. Fleming earned his PhD in January 2016 from the University of Aberdeen, UK, with a thesis titled `Shale Gas Extraction in Europe and Germany – Impacts of Environmental Protection and Energy Security on Emerging Regulations`. Initially, he undertook undergraduate law studies in Germany and graduated from the University of Marburg with the German First State Examination and the degree of `Diplom-Jurist` (Dipl.-Jur.) in 2010. Dr. Fleming went on to conduct Russian language studies at Moscow State University Lomonossow/Russia and worked for a Russian/German law firm in Moscow. Prior to the commencement of his research in Groningen, Dr. Fleming received a Master in Oil and Gas Law (LL.M) from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 2012.  In the same year Dr. Fleming has been awarded a three-year scholarship by the German Friedrich Ebert Foundation, which financed his doctoral research. Dr. Ruven Fleming`s research interests are in the field of Energy Law, in particular `unconventional` forms of energy, as well as in Energy Investment Protection and Trade Law, including TTIP and the Energy Charter Treaty. He may be contacted in Russian, German and English.

Publications:

  • Fleming, R. (2016). Shale Gas Extraction in Europe and Germany – The Impacts of Environmental Protection and Energy Security on Emerging Regulations, University of Aberdeen.
  • Fleming, R. (2013). Shale Gas- a Comparison of European Moratoria. European Energy and Environmental Law Review, 22(1), 12-32.
  • Fleming, R. (2011). Pipelines and Cables – the Offshore Transportation of Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy. International Energy Law Review, (8), 311-326.
  • Fleming, R. (2011). The Development of the Consenting Regime for Offshore Renewable Energy Projects in Scotland. International Energy Law Review, (4), 150-159.