Hans Christian Bugge

Professor emeritus
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Hans Chr. Bugge (born 1942) is Professor of Environmental Law at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, since 1998. He holds a doctorate in regional planning from the University of Paris II (Doctorat de spécialité) (1972) and is dr.juris from Oslo University on a thesis on responsibility for pollution in Norwegian law (1998).

Before he became an academic lawyer in 1991, he held various senior positions as a civil servant in Norway's Ministry of the Environment 1972-82. He was i.a. Deputy Director in the Department for Pollution Control, Director General of Norway’s Pollution Control Authority, and Director General of the Department for Urban and Regional Planning. 1976-77 he was Deputy Director of the Planning Department in the Ministry of Finance.

He has also worked extensively with development issues. From 1982 to 1991 he was Secretary General of Redd Barna (Save the Children Norway) running human rights and development projects in poor areas in Asia, Africa and Central America. 1986-87 he served as State Secretary (Deputy Minister) for Development Cooperation and personal advisor to Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland in her work as chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development.

He has been vice chair of the board of the national Research Council of Norway, and Vice Dean for Research at the Faculty of Law.

1999-2003 he chaired a governmental commission to review Norway’s spatial planning legislation.

From 2005 he chairs the Research group for Natural Resources law at the faculty of Law, which cover research in Energy Law, Environmental/Climate Law and Property Law.

He has written several books and a number of articles in the field of environmental law and sustainable development.

See CV

Field of research

  • Spatial and land use planning law.
  • Pollution control, and liability for environmental damage; the "Polluter-Pays Principle".
  • European environmental law.
  • Legal protection of biodiversity, and access to genetic resources.
  • Legal issues related to the implementation of the Climate Convention and the Kyoto Protocol
  • Environmental impact assessment.
  • Human rights and the environment.
  • Law and Economics of the environment.


He teaches national and international environmental law, and public administrative law.

Published Apr. 21, 2008 10:18 AM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2017 11:39 AM