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Beate Sjåfjell

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Visiting address St. Olavs gate 23 0166 Oslo
Postal address Department of Private Law PB 6706 St. Olavs plass 0130 Oslo Norway

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Beate Sjåfjell completed her law degree in 1999, and has previously worked as the head of the Norwegian Consumer Council, division Telemark. Beate wrote her doctoral thesis in European company law during her research fellowship at the Centre for European Law. The thesis has been published, in an expanded and revised form, under the title Towards a Sustainable European Company Law. A Normative Analysis of the Objectives of EU Law, with the Takeover Directive as a Test Case, Kluwer Law International, 2009. The first chapter is freely downloadable at Beate worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Private Law from August 2008, with a research project concerning the involvement of employees in the decision-making processes of companies, and was employed as an Associate Professor from January 2010. From June 2011 she is Professor at our department, with company law as her main area.

Special fields

Research interest: The regulation of Norwegian and transnational companies; Norwegian and European company and securities law, EU/EEA law, labour law, environmental law and law and economics.

Research projects

Beate is the project leader for the research project Sustainable Companies. The general objective of the project is to examine how to integrate the goal of sustainable development and especially its environmental dimension as a decisive factor in the minds of decision-makers in companies. The project will run from January 2010 and has financing from The Norwegian Research Council from August 2010 to the end of 2013, as part of the research programme Environment2015 (Miljø2015).



  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Anker-Sørensen, Linn Cecilie (2013). Directors duties and corporate social responsibility. SSRN.  ISSN 1556-5068.  26
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Kjelland, Cecilie (2013). Norway : corporate governance on the outskirts of the EU, In Andreas M. Fleckner & Klaus J. Hopt (ed.),  Comparative corporate governance : a functional and international analysis.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-02511-0.  Chapter 16.  s 702 - 752
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2012). Quo vadis, Europe? The significance of sustainable development as objective, principle and rule of EU law, In Cecilia Marcela Bailliet (ed.),  Non-State Actors, Soft Law and Protective Regimes: From the Margins.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-02185-3.  12.  s 254 - 280
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2012). Regulating Companies as If the World Matters: Reflections from the Ongoing Sustainable Companies Project . Wake Forest Law Review.  ISSN 0043-003X.  47(1), s 113- 134
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2012). Regulating Companies as if the World Matters: Reflections from the ongoing "Sustainable Companies" project, In Sigurt Vitols & Johannes Heuschmid (ed.),  European company law and the Sustainable Company: a stakeholder approach.  ETUI aisbl.  ISBN 978-2-87452-277-2.  Chapter 13.  s 263 - 285
  • Kjelland, Cecilie; Sjåfjell, Beate & by teigen, anders (2011). Report from Norway: Corporate Governance and Simplification. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Kan aksjeselskaper sette miljø foran profitt?. Jussens venner.  ISSN 0022-6971.  46(6), s 309- 324
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Selskapsrett. Etableringsfrihet, fri kapitalbevegelse, aksjeselskapets natur og solidarisk ansvar for aksjonær. Sak C-81/09, Idryma Typou AE mot Ypourgos Typou kai Meson Mazikis Enimerosis. Nytt i privatretten : nyhetsbrev for informasjon på det privatret.  ISSN 1501-9594.  (1), s 26- 27
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Selskapsrett. Traktatbruddssak: Fri kapitalbevegelse og "golden Shares". Sak C-543/08, Europa-Kommisjonen mot Den Portugisiske Republik, avsagt av EU-domstolen (første avdeling) 11. november 2010. Nytt i privatretten : nyhetsbrev for informasjon på det privatret.  ISSN 1501-9594.  (1), s 27
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Sustainable Development, EU Law and Companies: The EU law framework for the Sustainable Companies project. International and comparative corporate law journal.  ISSN 1388-7084.  8
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). The Core of Corporate Governance: Implications of the Takeover Directive of Corporate Governance in Europe. European Business Law Review.  ISSN 0959-6941.  (5), s 641- 708
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). The Very Basis of Our Existence: Labour and the Neglected Environmental Dimension of Sustainable Development , In Tonia Novitz & David Mangan (ed.),  The Role of Labour Standards in Development: Theory in Practice.  Oxford University Press.  ISBN 978-0-19-726491-1.  Part IV: Development through trade and/or aid?.  s 123 - 142
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Towards a Sustainable Development: Internalising Externalities in Norwegian Company Law. International and comparative corporate law journal.  ISSN 1388-7084.  (1), s 103- 136
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2011). Why Law Matters: Corporate Social Irresponsibility and the Futility of Voluntary Climate Change Mitigation . European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  8(2-3), s 56- 64
  • Reiersen, Hedvig & Sjåfjell, Beate (2010). NUF-kaoset i norsk rett - et bidrag til oppklaring :. Tidsskrift for rettsvitenskap.  ISSN 0040-7143.  123(3), s 423- 463
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2010). Environmental Piercing of the Corporate Veil: The Norwegian Supreme Court Decision in the Hempel Case. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  7(4), s 154- 160
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2010). If Not Now, Then When?: European Company Law in Sustainability Development Perspective. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  7(5), s 187- 194
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2010). More than meets the eye : law and economics in modern company law, In  Law and Economics.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 978-82-02-33611-0.  Kapittel.  s 217 - 235
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2009). Internalizing Externalities in EU Law: Why Neither Corporate Governance nor Corporate Social Responsibility Provides the Answers . The George Washington International Law Review.  ISSN 1534-9977.  40(4), s 977- 1024
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2009). Kun til plunder og heft? Forbudet mot selskapsfinansiering av aksjeerverv i den norske allmennaksjeloven § 8-10 . Nordisk Tidsskrift for Selskabsret.  ISSN 1399-140X.  (1-2), s 116- 145
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2009). Prosjektet "Bærekraftige selskaper". Nytt i privatretten : nyhetsbrev for informasjon på det privatret.  ISSN 1501-9594.  (3), s 1- 2
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2009). Report from Norway: Another CSR Victory for the Business Lobbyists . European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  6(5), s 235- 238
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2009). Towards a Sustainable European Company Law (editorial, "The first page") . Amicus Curiae.  ISSN 1461-2097.  (78), s 3
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Reiersen, Hedvig (2009). Report from Norway: Redemption through Demergers . European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  6(1), s 40- 43

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