Eléonore Maitre-Ekern

Postdoctor (Visiting Fellow in Geneva until December 2021) - Department of Private Law
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Eléonore Maitre-Ekern, Dr. juris, is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo with the ‘Futuring Nordic Sustainable Business Models’ (Futuring Nordics) project. Her postdoctoral research aims to explore the sustainability of the circular economy and to develop the policy and legal framework to enable and promote sustainable circular business models in the Nordic countries. One of the main models that the research will focus on is that of maintenance and repair.

She is also involved in a UiO:Energy Thematic Research Groups (TRG), entitled ‘Circular Energy for a Sustainable Circular Economy: Exploring design, maintenance, and repair as energy conservation strategies’ (Circular Energy).

Before starting her postdoctoral position, Eléonore joined the SMART project and developed reform proposals for the circular economy that were presented to the European Commission as part of the final SMART conference that took place in Brussels in February 2020.

Eléonore’s PhD research, which she conducted at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, explored the basis for a legal framework for the circular economy that can guarantee a sustainable future for humanity; one in which products contribute to social and economic prosperity without threatening the nine planetary boundaries that form the safe space in which humanity can prosper. The thesis is entitled ‘Towards a Circular Economy for Products: A legal analysis of Europe’s policy and regulatory framework from an ecological perspective’. She successfully defended her PhD thesis on 1st November 2019.

She graduated in Law from the University of Geneva (2005) and holds a Master in European Law from the College of Europe (2007). After some work experience notably at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and at ClientEarth, an environmental lawyers’ organisation based in Brussels, she joined the University of Oslo in 2012.

Eléonore is a member of the Companies, Markets and Sustainability research group. She is one of the editors of the International and Comparative Corporate Law Journal (ICCLJ), and of the series of blogs, Blogging for Sustainability.

She is currently a visiting fellow at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva.

Special fields

  • Circular economy
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable business models
  • Sustainable consumption
  • EU law
  • Environmental law
  • Product policy
  • Consumer law
  • Repair
Published Jan. 20, 2020 11:37 AM - Last modified Sep. 3, 2021 2:34 PM