The NSELP consortium hosting the programme across the four universities features key partners. Professor Goldberg, Professor Paterson, Professor Banet, and Associate Professor Martinez Romera are all highly respected leading figures of energy law. All have written standard works in the field and alongside their heavyweight research credentials, have worked in many capacities – including lawyer, judge and consultant roles.

Links with practice
All our Partners have a fundamental belief in keeping a strong contact with the professional field and energy sector in general – at the government and the industry level. All enjoy direct contact with the key legal professionals within the energy sector and have a hotline to the key players, mainly because they are key players themselves. For more information please see participating universities.

visiting professor of Law
Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability, University of Groningen

Silke is a visiting professor at University of Groningen and a partner at Herbert Smith Freehills in London. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the energy sector, advising clients in relation to energy and climate change issues internationally.  Silke is admitted to practice in Germany, France and England and a member of the Irish law society. She advises in several languages and regularly publishes on matters pertaining to energy law.  Silke’s research interests include the EU electricity market, the impact of Brexit on the energy sector, interconnectors and energy security.

professor of Law
Co-Founder of the Aberdeen Centre for Energy Law, Theme Leader Energy and Natural Resources, University of Aberdeen

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 is co-founder of the Centre for Energy Law as well as co-directs Aberdeen’s involvement in the Advanced LLM in Energy Law 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

Available on the website of the University of Aberdeen.

professor of Law
Head of the Department for Energy and Resources Law, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo

Catherine Banet (Dr) is Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Head of the Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in energy law, environmental law, EU/EEA law, state aid law and law of the sea. Catherine has background from private law practice (Norway, France), the European Commission (DG ENV), U.S. diplomatic mission and academia. She is member of the Advisory Academic Group to the International Bar Association, Section for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources and Infrastructure Law (SEERIL), and Academic Fellow at the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). She is the Chair of the Board of the Norwegian Energy Law Association


Available on the website of the University of Oslo.

associate professor of Environmental and Climate Change Law
Centre for International Law and Governance, University of Copenhagen

Beatriz Martinez Romera is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Law at the Centre for International Law, Conflict and Crisis (CILCC) in Copenhagen, where she is involved in environmental and climate change research. Specifically, her PhD thesis focused on the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from international aviation and maritime transport. She has a keen interest in the international climate negotiations, and the regulatory processes at the International Civil Aviation Organization and the International Maritime Organization, as well as the developments at the EU level.

Available on the website of the University of Copenhagen.