UEF Law School's 5th annual ENERGY TRANSITIONS conference

Call for papers

Conference program

Conference sessions and keynote speakers

Travel information

Contact Information


UEF Law School, in cooperation with the UEF Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law, (CCEEL) is organizing its 5th annual international and European energy law and policy conference "ENERGY TRANSITIONS".  The event will take place on 9 and 10 March 2017 in Joensuu, Finland.

The organizers would like to invite lawyers, members of the industry, academics, regulators, etc. to join us and follow the event in Joensuu. Thanks to the kind support of Academy of Finland (Impact of shale gas in EU energy law and policy; regulatory and institutional perspective, UEF Law School and EL-TRAN Consortium Transition towards a Resource Efficient and Climate Neutral Energy System, University of Tampere) and Joensuu University Foundation the attendance is free of charge.

If you would like to join us and follow the conference, please register by sending an email to energytransitions (a) not later than 1 March 2017.

Call for papers

Call for papers 2017

Please note that the deadline for the expressions of interest has been extended – the new deadline is Friday 23 December 2016.

Conference program

Please, find the conference program here. As the program is always subject to some changes, it will be regularly updated.

Conference sessions and keynote speakers

The 2017 conference will have opening sessions on both conference days, which will be followed by afternoon parallel sessions focusing on different topics (see call for papers for planned sessions).

A practitioners’ keynote session will kick off the conference on Thursday 9 March.
This opening session will focus on up-to-date energy related topics from practitioner’s point of view.

The keynote speakers for this session are:

Wouter Vandorpe, Of Counsel,  Fieldfisher

Wouter Vandorpe is a lawyer (Of Counsel) in the Energy & Utilities Practice at Fieldfisher LLP Brussels. 
He advises businesses and authorities primarily on energy law related matters, including renewable energy projects, energy efficiency related issues, cross-border electricity exchange, energy contracts, strategic reserve issues and smart grids. He also advises on specific legal issues in the domains of heating, climate, and waste and water law. He primarily acts before the Belgian Council of State and Constitutional Court, and the European Court of Justice.

Cameron Kelly, Legal Counsel, Alcazar Energy

Cameron Kelly is a senior transactional lawyer in the major projects, energy and construction sectors. He has worked in both private practice and in in-house counsel roles globally, and currently is Legal Counsel to Alcazar Energy, one of the Middle East’s largest renewable energy project developers.

Michael Polkinghorne, Partner, White & Case LLP

Michael Polkinghorne has a broad range of experience in arbitration and litigation in the areas like energy, project finance and infrastructure. His current practice concentrates on Eastern Europe and the CIS, as well as South and South East Asia. He also has a significant transactional practice, advising clients in the energy and infrastructure development fields. He has advised a number of petroleum clients on projects in South East Asia, the Russian Federation and North Africa and has advised the governments of India, Yemen and Mozambique on energy-related matters.


The key note session on Friday 10 March will focus on different aspects of the Energy Union. This session will be a panel discussion between the following speakers:

Henrik Björnebye, Professor, University of Oslo

Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor, Queen Mary University of London

Kim Talus, Professor of European Economic and Energy Law, UEF Law School

Travel information

It is easiest to travel from Helsinki to Joensuu by train or plane.  

Train schedules and booking are available in
and the schedule for buses from Joensuu airport to the city centre in .

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the organizers at energytransitions (a)