Beate Sjåfjell

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Background

Beate Sjåfjell is Professor Dr. Juris at our Department (since 2011), and holds a fractional appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (since 2016). Beate is founder and head of the Oslo Faculty’s Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability (the Company Law Group), which is now in its second period (2017-2021), as well as several international networks and projects.

Beate’s publications include the edited volumes Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability (Cambridge University Press, 2019, co-editor Christopher M. Bruner); Creating Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018, co-editor: Irene Lynch Fannon), and Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities (Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-editor: Benjamin Richardson), translated into Korean,  as well as the monograph Towards a Sustainable European Company Law (Kluwer Law International, 2009). Beate has published extensively, notably on EU law, company law and corporate governance, and the integration of sustainability. Many of her papers are available at SSRN, where she is among the top 0.4 per cent of authors based on total downloads across fields.

Through active and innovative dissemination and communication Beate contributes to corporate law debates and sustainability discussions both in the public debate and in academia in Norway and internationally.

Fields of interests

Beate Sjåfjell’s main field is company law and corporate governance, with much of her research concentrating on the regulation of business in the broader context of sustainability. Already in her doctoral thesis, successfully defended in May 2008, Beate broke new ground, identifying and integrating sustainability as an overarching objective into EU company law and securities law. This was followed up in the Sustainable Companies Project (2010-2014), which focused on environmental sustainability in its multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis of company and accounting law. An increasing interdisciplinary focus is reflected in the H2020-funded project Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART, 2016-2020), which was successfully completed in the spring of 2020. SMART Legacy initiatives include the Futuring Nordics project, and continued industry engagement through the Business and Finance Forums.

Beate collaborates extensively with scholars in Norway and abroad. The international nature of Beate’s work is reflected in the international membership in the Company Law Group as well as the two international research networks she has founded and coordinates: the Sustainable Market Actors Network and Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars.

At the Faculty, Beate is responsible for coordinating company law research at our Department and for the advanced company law elective for master students, and she supervises master students and PhD candidates on a variety of issues. Successfully supervised PhD candidates include:

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Tags: Company Law, European Law, environmental law, sustainability

Publications

Many of Beate Sjåfjell's papers in English are freely downloadable on SSRN.

An overview of all publications may be found in the in the Norwegian database Cristin.

  • Bruner, Christopher M. & Sjåfjell, Beate (2019). Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and the Pursuit of Sustainability, In Beate Kristine Sjåfjell & Christopher M. Bruner (ed.),  The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108473293.  Chapter 50.  s 713 - 720 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Nilsen, Heidi Rapp; Sjåfjell, Beate & Richardson, Benjamin J. (2019). The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. Risk Based versus Ethical Investments. Quarterly Journal of Economic Research.  ISSN 1861-1559.  88(1), s 65- 78 . doi: 10.3790/vjh.88.1.65
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2019). Realising the Potential of the Board for Corporate Sustainability, In Beate Kristine Sjåfjell & Christopher M. Bruner (ed.),  The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108473293.  Chapter 49.  s 696 - 710 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2019). The Environmental Integration Principle: A Necessary Step Towards Policy Coherence for Sustainability, In Francesca Ippolito; Maria Eugenia Bartolino & Massimo Condinanzi (ed.),  The EU and the Proliferation of Integration Principles under the Lisbon Treaty.  Routledge.  ISBN 9780415789257.  Chapter 6. Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Bruner, Christopher M. (2019). Corporations and Sustainability, In Beate Kristine Sjåfjell & Christopher M. Bruner (ed.),  The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108473293.  Chapter 1.  s 3 - 12 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Taylor, Mark Beaumont (2019). Clash of Norms: Shareholder Primacy vs. Sustainable Corporate Purpose. International and comparative corporate law journal (ICCLJ).  ISSN 1388-7084.  13(3), s 40- 66 . doi: 10.2139/ssrn.3444050
  • Fannon, Irene Lynch & Sjåfjell, Beate (2018). Corporations, Sustainability and Women, In  Creating Corporate Sustainability. Gender as an Agent for Change.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781316998472.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 14 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2018). Beyond Climate Risk: Integrating Sustainability into the Duties of the Corporate Board. Deakin Law Review.  ISSN 1321-3660.  23, s 41- 62 . doi: 10.21153/dlr2018vol23no0art805 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2018). Dismantling the Legal Myth of Shareholder Primacy: The Corporation as a Sustainable Market Actor, In Nina Boeger & Charlotte Villiers (ed.),  Shaping the Corporate Landscape.  Hart Publishing Ltd.  ISBN 9781509914326.  4. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2018). Redefining Agency Theory to Internalize Environmental Product Externalities, In Eléonore Maitre-Ekern; Carl Dalhammar & Hans Christian Bugge (ed.),  Preventing Environmental Damage from Products An Analysis of the Policy and Regulatory Framework in Europe.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108422444.  5.  s 101 - 124
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2018). Redefining the corporation for a sustainable new economy. Journal of law and society (Print).  ISSN 0263-323X.  45(1), s 29- 45 . doi: 10.1111/jols.12077 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Fannon, Irene Lynch (2018). Corporate Sustainability: Gender as an Agent for Change?, In  Creating Corporate Sustainability. Gender as an Agent for Change.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781316998472.  Chapter 14. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate; Nilsen, Heidi Rapp & Richardson, Benjamin R. (2018). Investing in Sustainability or Feeding on Stranded Assets? The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. Wake Forest Law Review.  ISSN 0043-003X.  52(4), s 949- 979
  • Russell, Roseanne & Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2017). Introducing Daughters of Themis: International Network of Female Business Scholars. International and comparative corporate law journal (ICCLJ).  ISSN 1388-7084.  12(2), s 7- 12 . doi: 10.2139/ssrn.2914153 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2017). Achieving Corporate Sustainability: What is the Role of the Shareholder?, In Hanne Birkmose (ed.),  Shareholders' Duties.  Kluwer Law International.  ISBN 9789041166708.  Chapter 18. Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2017). Regulating for Corporate Sustainability: Why the Public-Private Divide Misses the Point, In Barnali Choudhury & Martin Petrin (ed.),  Understanding the Company: Corporate Governance and Theory.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781316536384.  Chapter 6.  s 117 - 144 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2017). When the Solution Becomes the Problem: The Triple Failure of Corporate Governance Codes, In Jean Jacques du Plessis & C.K. Low (ed.),  Corporate Governance Codes for the 21st Century: International Perspectives and Critical Analyse.  Springer.  ISBN 978-3-319-51868-8.  Chapter 2.  s 23 - 55 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine; Heidi, Rapp Nilsen & Richardson, Benjamin J. (2017). Investing in Sustainability or Feeding on Stranded Assets? The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. Wake Forest Law Review.  ISSN 0043-003X. Show summary
  • Anker-Sørensen, Linn & Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine (2016). Vår europeiske selskapsrett, 3. utgave. Selskapsrettstidsskriftet. Tidsskriftet for selskaper, markeder, samfunn og miljø.  ISSN 2387-337X.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2016). Sustainable public procurement as a driver for sustainable companies? The interface between company law and public procurement law, In Beate Sjåfjell & Wiesbrock Anja (ed.),  Sustainable Public Procurement under EU Law. New Perspectives on the State as Stakeholder.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107129641.  Chapter 9.  s 182 - 205
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2016). The Courts as Environmental Champions: The Norwegian Hempel Cases. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  13(5), s 199- 206 Full text in Research Archive. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Halvorssen, Anita M. (2016). The Legal Status of Oil and Gas Exploitation in the Arctic: The Case of Norway. Oil, Gas and Energy Law (OGEL).  ISSN 1875-418X.  2 . doi: www.ogel.org/article.asp?key=3610 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Wiesbrock, Anja (2016). Why should public procurement be about sustainability?, In Beate Sjåfjell & Wiesbrock Anja (ed.),  Sustainable Public Procurement under EU Law. New Perspectives on the State as Stakeholder.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107129641.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 22
  • Wiesbrock, Anja & Sjåfjell, Beate (2016). Public procurement’s potential for sustainability, In Beate Sjåfjell & Wiesbrock Anja (ed.),  Sustainable Public Procurement under EU Law. New Perspectives on the State as Stakeholder.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107129641.  Chapter 11.  s 230 - 242
  • Anker-Sørensen, Linn & Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). Vår europeiske selskapsrett, 2. utgave. Selskapsrettstidsskriftet. Tidsskriftet for selskaper, markeder, samfunn og miljø.  ISSN 2387-337X.
  • Richardson, Benjamin J. & Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). Capitalism, the Sustainability Crisis and the Limitations of Current Business Governance, In Beate Sjåfjell & Benjamin J. Richardson (ed.),  Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04327-5.  Chapter 1.  s 1 - 34
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). Corporate governance for sustainability. The necessary reform of EU company law, In Beate Sjåfjell & Anja Wiesbrock (ed.),  The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-801956-0.  Chapter 6.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). Gender Diversity in the Board Room & Its Impacts: Is the Example of Norway a Way Forward?. Deakin Law Review.  ISSN 1321-3660.  20(1), s 25- 51 . doi: 10.21153/dlr2015vol20no1art501
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). The Legal Significance of Article 11 TFEU for EU Institutions and Member States, In Beate Sjåfjell & Anja Wiesbrock (ed.),  The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-801956-0.  Chapter 4.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate; Johnston, Andrew; Anker-Sørensen, Linn Cecilie; Millon, David & Richardson, Bejamin (2015). Shareholder Primacy: the Main Barrier to Sustainable Companies, In Beate Sjåfjell & Benjamin J. Richardson (ed.),  Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04327-5.  Chapter 3.  s 79 - 147
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Richardson, Benjamin J. (2015). The Future for Company Law and Sustainability, In Beate Sjåfjell & Benjamin J. Richardson (ed.),  Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities.  Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04327-5.  Chapter 8.  s 312 - 340
  • Wiesbrock, Anja & Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). The Jigsaw Puzzle of Sustainability, In Beate Sjåfjell & Anja Wiesbrock (ed.),  The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-801956-0.  Chapter 10.
  • Wiesbrock, Anja & Sjåfjell, Beate (2015). The importance of Article 11 TFEU for regulating business in the EU: Securing the very basis of our existence, In Beate Sjåfjell & Anja Wiesbrock (ed.),  The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously.  Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-801956-0.  Chapter 1.
  • Anker-Sørensen, Linn Cecilie & Sjåfjell, Beate (2014). Vår europeiske selskapsrett. Selskapsrettstidsskriftet. Tidsskriftet for selskaper, markeder, samfunn og miljø.  ISSN 2387-337X.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate (2014). Sustainable Companies: Possibilities and Barriers in Norwegian Company Law. International and comparative corporate law journal (ICCLJ).  ISSN 1388-7084. . doi: 10.2139/ssrn.2311433 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Mähönen, Jukka (2014). Upgrading the Nordic Corporate Governance Model for Sustainable Companies. European Company Law.  ISSN 1572-4999.  11(2), s 58- 62 Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Anker-Sørensen, Linn Cecilie (2013). Directors’ Duties and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), In Hanne Birkmose; Mette Neville & Karsten Engsig Sørensen (ed.),  Boards of directors in European companies – reshaping and harmonising their organisation and duties.  Kluwer Law International.  ISBN 9789041141415.  Chapter 7. Show summary
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Anker-Sørensen, Linn Cecilie (2013). Directors duties' and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Social Science Research Network (SSRN).  ISSN 1556-5068.
  • 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

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  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine & Bruner, Christopher M. (ed.) (2019). The Cambridge Handbook of Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781108473293.  737 s.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate Kristine & Fannon, Irene Lynch (2018). Creating Corporate Sustainability. Gender as an Agent for Change. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781316998472.  338 s.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Anja, Wiesbrock (ed.) (2016). Sustainable Public Procurement under EU Law. New Perspectives on the State as Stakeholder. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 9781107129641.  268 s.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Richardson, Benjamin J. (ed.) (2015). Company Law and Sustainability: Legal Barriers and Opportunities. Cambridge University Press.  ISBN 978-1-107-04327-5.  350 s.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Stubhaug, Arild (red.) (2015). Fra ord til handling - Om Grunnlovens miljøparagraf 112. Institutt for privatrett.  ISBN 9788272362491.  147 s.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate & Wiesbrock, Anja (ed.) (2015). The Greening of European Business under EU Law. Taking Article 11 TFEU Seriously. Routledge.  ISBN 978-1-13-801956-0.  212 s. Show summary

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