J.J.A. Waverijn, LLM
Jaap Waverijn is a lawyer at Stibbe and a doctoral researcher at the Groningen Centre of Energy Law, focusing on legal solutions to reduce costs and stimulate investments in the (offshore and renewable) energy sector. He is founder of Energy Law Research Community ENERLEX and has, since 2011, been involved with the coordination of the part-time LLM for professionals North Sea Energy Law Programme (NSELP).
He is interested in addressing legal barriers to the energy transition in international, European and national law. His PhD research concerns the financing of offshore energy installations and legal issues which should be resolved in order to increase legal certainty in this area, thereby lowering the costs and stimulating investments. A number of the proposed legal solutions have broader applicability to renewable energy investments while others focus on coastal states as they concern questions of offshore jurisdiction and specific issues such as ownership of and the possibilities to establish security rights against offshore installations.
Jaap graduated first of his year from the University of Groningen with a Bachelor in Dutch Law and is an alumnus of the University of Groningen Honours College. He holds an LLM from the University of Cambridge where he read international environmental law and European economic and trade law and he attended the NSELP teaching periods on Electricity and Gas: Liberalising and Regulating the Market (Groningen), Upstream Oil and Gas: Public and Contractual Law Aspects (Oslo), Energy Investments, Trade and Security (Aberdeen) and Green Energy, Climate and Sustainability (Copenhagen).
He has published on topics including law of the sea, energy (project) finance and the regulation of offshore oil, gas and wind production in leading journals such as Common Market Law Review and publishers such as Brill and has lectured on these topics at programs of numerous Dutch institutions, the University of Pisa, the University of Zaragoza and George Washington University Law School. Jaap has visited the European University Institute and Florence School of Regulation and has presented there and among others at the University of Oxford, George Washington University Law School (DC) and the European Parliament. He has also been involved in the organisation of a number of events.
Next to his work in the energy sector, Jaap has published and worked on competition law, which he studied during his LLM at the University of Cambridge. His publications have concerned Dutch and European competition law, focusing in particular on the cartel prohibition. He has advised the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) on the development of their competition law enforcement practice and enforcement guidelines after the FCCC decided to start phasing price control out and has trained the FCCC on competition law enforcement regarding cartels, abuse of dominance and mergers.
Jaap is a member of the Dutch Energy Law Association, the International Association for Energy Economics and the International Project Finance Association. He is also an associate member of the NYU-Copenhagen Transatlantic Maritime Emissions Research Network TRAMEREN and a fellow of the Platform on International Energy Governance, which originates from the University of Cambridge and partners with among others Oxford, King's, UCL and the Graduate Institute, Geneva.
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