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Conference Five Years of Energy Law in Groningen: information, registration and programme

Academics Meet Practice
28 September 2011

Mr. Philip Lowe, Director-General for Energy, European Commisson

Location and  travel information
NV Nederlandse Gasunie
Concourslaan 17
The Netherlands

For more information on how to get to the Gasunie by aircraft and train or by car and parking please look here.

Registration is mandatory

Please use the Registration Form before the 23rd of September if you would like to attend the conference.

It is not possible, because of security reasons, to enter the Gasunie building where the conference is being held without providing us with your personal details (as requested in the registration form) beforehand. As identification to enter the building are allowed a passport, ID card and driving license.


If you have used the registration form but aren't able to come please send an e-mail to the organisation:

Hotel suggestions

In the centre of the city:

Hotel Mercure is a less expensive option that is situated very close to the location of the conference.

The family hotel Paterswolde is not located in the city and is an option if you are traveling to the conference by car.


Attending the conference is free of charge


10:00 Welcome with coffee and tea

10:30 Welcome address

Prof. Dr Sibrand Poppema, Chair of the University of Groningen

10:40 Overview of the day

Prof. Dr Martha Roggenkamp, Director Groningen Centre of Energy Law, University of Groningen

Chair: Dr Martha Roggenkamp, Professor in Energy Law and Director GCEL

10:45 Legal Challenges for Infrastructure in a Liberalised and Competitive Energy Market

Mr. Philip Lowe, Director-General for Energy, European Commission

Chair: Dr Hans Vedder, Professor of Economic Law and Co-director GCEL

11:25 Competition in Energy Markets and Access to Networks

Mr. Cees Pissuise, Director Legal, Regulatory and Public Affairs, NV Nederlandse Gasunie jointly with

Ms. Hannah Kruimer, LLM, PhD researcher GCEL/University of Groningen

Chair: Mr. Huub Willems, Professor of Corporate Litigation and Legal Advisor to the Law Commission of the Russian Federation

12:10 Securing Energy Supply through Investment Protection: The EU-Russia Relationship

Mr. Graham Coop, General Counsel Legal Affairs, Energy Charter Secretariat jointly with

Dr Anatole Boute, University of Aberdeen and Alumnus/Fellow GCEL/University of Groningen

12:55 Networking Lunch

Chair: Dr Irene Burgers, Professor of International Tax Law

14:00 Developing Small Oil and Gas Fields in the North Sea: New Legal Instruments and Lessons to be Learned

Mr. Gerrit Vriezen, Legal Manager, Nam jointly with

Prof. Dr John Paterson, School of Law, University of Aberdeen

Chair: Dr Edwin Woerdman, Associate Professor in Law and Economics and Co-director of the GCEL

14:50 Regulating Carbon Capture and Storage: EU, National and Cross-border Perspectives

Mr. Christoph Becker-Berke, Senior Manager Mining and Planning Law, RWE jointly with

Dr Avelien Haan, Postdoctoral researcher, GCEL/University of Groningen, and

Mr. Marijn Holwerda, LLM, PhD researcher GCEL/University of Groningen

15:45 Coffee and tea break

Chair: Dr Marcel Brus, Professor of Public International Law

16:15 Securing Energy Supply through Developing Offshore Energy Infrastructure: The Nord Stream Pipeline

Mr. Alexander Haag, LLM, Head Legal Service, Nord Stream jointly with

Ms. Nichola Cho, LLM, PhD researcher, GCEL/University of Groningen

16:45 Securing Energy Supply through Developing Offshore Energy Infrastructure: The North Sea Electricity Grid

Ms. Olivia Woolley, LLM, Postdoctoral researcher, GCEL/ University of Groningen jointly with

Ms. Hannah Müller, LLM, PhD researcher, GCEL/ University of Groningen

17:25 The Role of the IEA in providing Long-term Sustainable Energy Supply

Message from Ms. Maria van der Hoeven, Executive Director, International Energy Agency

17:35 Closing address

Prof. Dr Jan Berend Wezeman, Dean Faculty of Law, University of Groningen

17:45 Reception

After the closing address drinks and snacks will be served.


There will be time for questions and discussion after each session.

For more information please send your email to

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