Third Annual Conference of the Transatlantic University Collaboration for Climate and Energy Law

Legal pathways towards climate neutrality and low carbon energy systems:  Norwegian perspectives

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We are happy to announce the third annual conference of the TUCCCEL project dedicated this year to Norwegian perspectives on the legal pathways to reach climate neutrality and develop low carbon, integrated energy systems in Norway and Europe.

The conference is organised this year by the University of Oslo Faculty of Law, in cooperation with the University of Colorado, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law.

Attendance: The conference is free of charge and open to all. It will take place on the digital platform Zoom.

Registration: Registration is mandatory and is password protected. Please register here by the 27th of April:

The connection details will be sent to you by E-mail the day before the conference.

Time (Denver MDT/CET)




  • Opening of the conference by Associate Professor Catherine Banet, University of Oslo.
  • Presentation of the TUCCCEL project by Felicia Naranjo Martinez, University of Colorado.
  • Welcome address by Prof. Ragnhild Helene Hennum, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.


Keynote speech

“Norway-EU cooperation on the climate and energy agenda”

Rolf Einar Fife, Ambassador of Norway to the European Union


 “The path to net-zero emissions”

Glen Peters, Research Director, CICERO Center for International Climate Research


«Norwegian energy regulation and regulation of the EU internal market for energy: a challenging interface.”

Knut Kroepelien, CEO Energi Norge


“Ensuring climate transition and resilient ocean economy”

Vidar Helgesen, Executive Director, the Nobel Foundation


«Carbon capture and storage is not only about energy:  managing emissions from waste incineration is critical. On Norway's offer to Europe to store CO2 - and Fortum Oslo Varme's CCS project”.

Liv Monica Stubholt, Partner – Advokatfirmaet Selmer DA, Chair of the Board Oslo Fortum Varme


Presentation of the 2021 winning student paper of the TUCCCEL project.


Closing remarks by Prof. D. Smith, Prof. C. Banet, Prof. Martinez Romera and F. Martinez.



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Rolf Einar Fife is Ambassador of Norway to the European Union. Previous to that position, he was Ambassador of Norway to France (2014-2019) and Director General for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2014). He is the candidate of the Nordic countries for election to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the term 2023-2027.
Glen Peters is Research Director at CICERO, the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo. He conducts research on the causes of recent changes in carbon dioxide emission trends at the global and country level, and how these changes link to future emission pathways consistent with global climate objectives. His works focus particularly on how emission scenarios are created, interpreted, and used, and how this relates to ongoing policy discussions.
Knut Fredrik Kroepelien is the CEO of Energy Norway, the National Industry Association for more than 280 Norwegian companies involved in production, distribution and sale of renewable energy. Kroepelien trained as a Lawyer in Bergen (Norway) and Regensburg (Germany). He holds a masters degree in European Law (LL.M.) from the London School of Economics (LSE). Kroepelien has previously worked as a solicitor and served in different roles in the Norwegian Administration, including as Deputy Director General in the Ministry of Environment and as Counsellor at the Norwegian Mission to the EU. He has also been seconded as a national expert to the European Commission.
Vidar Helgesen is Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Sweden. Helgesen is Norway’s former State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Minister of European Affairs and Minister of Climate and the Environment. He was appointed Norway’s Special Representative for the Ocean 2018-2020 (UN High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy).
Liv Monica Stubholt is partner in law firm Selmer AS. She has also held top executive positions in the Aker group of companies. She has served in government as deputy minister in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy. Liv Monica primarily advises companies in the energy and seafood sectors and she is a recognized expert in compliance, governance and the legal dimension of sustainability.  She is actively engaged in promoting the role of responsible investments both as an advisor on High-North and Arctic issues and as member of the international board of World Ocean Council.  She serves on the non-executive board in several energy companies, including in the CCS and hydrogen sector.  She is chair of Fortum Oslo Varme, a company with the first full scale and mature project for CCS on waste incineration. She is a long standing member of the legal community for EU and EEA matters, and she co-chaired the government committee reviewing Norway's treaties with the EU ("Europautredningen").  She is a Council Member of the Department of Energy and Resources Law at the UiO Faculty of Law.

Project Organizers:

Catherine Banet is Associate Professor at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Department of Energy and Resources Law, University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Norway.

Don Smith is Professor of the Practice of Law at the University of Denver (USA) Sturm College of Law, Denver, USA.

Beatriz Martinez Romera is Associate Professor of Environmental and Climate Change Law for the Center for International Law Conflict and Crisis at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law, Denmark.

Felicia Naranjo Martinez is Executive Director of the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE), USA.

The TUCCCEL-project is receiving a three-year external grant from the Erasmus+, Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union. More on TUCCCEL:

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Published Apr. 19, 2021 4:24 PM - Last modified Apr. 19, 2021 4:24 PM