UEF Law School event
ENERGY TRANSITIONS 2021 conference
11-12 March 2021

Call for papers
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The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School in cooperation with the UEF Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL) is pleased to announce the call for papers for its 7th international energy law and policy conference “ENERGY TRANSITIONS”. The event will take place on 11 and 12 March 2021 in Joensuu, Finland.

Papers dealing with the following sub-themes are invited for discussions during the conference:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on energy investments, energy contracts and trade
  • Reforming international investment dispute settlement system and impact on energy disputes
  • International LNG value chains: Current and future development
  • International trade of energy products and multilateral, regional and mega-regional trade agreements
  • Global developments in the oil, gas and power sectors
  • European Green Deal
  • Flexibility in the energy system: Energy storage, demand-side management and the role of consumers
  • ESG and energy investments
  • The 2030 Agenda, SDG 7
  • The regulation of renewable and low-carbon energy sources
  • Subsidies to renewable energy and fossil fuels

Keynote speakers:

  • Leigh Hancher, Professor of European and Energy Law at the University of Tilburg, Netherlands
  • Dirk Buschle, Deputy Director, Energy Community Secretariat, Vienna, Austria
  • Barbara Kaech/ Sasa Beljin, Legal Counsels, Nord Stream 2 AG, Switzerland
  • Andreas Goldthau, Professor and Franz Haniel Chair for Public Policy, Willy Brandt School of Public Policy at the University of Erfurt, Germany

Guide for authors:

An abstract should be submitted by the deadline date. The abstract must contain the title, name(s) of the author(s), institutional affiliation and contact details. Body/text of the abstract should not exceed 200 words.

Full papers are to be submitted by the submission deadline date. Full papers must also include abstracts. Length of full papers should be in the range of 5 000 to 8 000 words.


Both the abstracts and the papers should be sent to   

Submissions are to be added as an attachment with the title of the abstract/paper in the subject line of the email.

Publication opportunity:

There is a possibility for publication for authors of accepted full papers (an edited book or a special issue). More info on publication possibilities to come soon.


Important Dates:

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30 November 2020
Notification of acceptance: 7 December 2020
Deadline for final paper submission: 19 February 2021
Conference dates: 11-12 March 2021
Social trip to Koli National Park: 12-14 March 2021


UEF Law School, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu Campus, Yliopistokatu 2, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland. View map here

Social programme:

After the event, there is a possibility to spend the weekend (12-14 March) at a ski and spa resort at Koli National Park. More information available at Koli. Transportation provided by the organiser. Spouses welcome.

Registration & cost:

Thanks to the kind support of our sponsors, the participation in this conference is free of charge. Free participation entails free attendance for all to the conference and free lunch & coffee for all conference presenters.


Registration is now open. Please register via registration form here.


Important notice! The cost of accommodation during the conference and the social trip to Koli National Park is the responsibility of attendees.

The organisers have however arranged special discounts prices for participants with our hotel partners; Scandic Hotel & Hotel Greenstar in Joensuu and Break Sokos Hotel at Koli National Park. 


Conference presenters who may require a visa to enter Finland and will therefore need an invitation letter from the event organisers, are to request for such a letter immediately after they have been notified of the acceptance of their abstract/paper.


For enquiries regarding the ‘Energy Transitions 2021’, please send an email to Alternatively, you can contact Nana Asare Obeng-Darko at

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Past conferences:

UEF Law School's ENERGY TRANSITIONS 2020 conference

The University of Eastern Finland (UEF) Law School in cooperation with the UEF Center for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL) organised its 6th international energy law and policy conference “ENERGY TRANSITIONS 2020”. on 27 and 28 February 2020 in Joensuu, Finland. The theme for the Energy Transitions 2020 conference was ‘Achieving Just Energy Transitions through Law and Policy: Challenges and Solutions’.

The conference had opening keynote sessions on both conference days, followed by afternoon parallel sessions focusing on different topics. 

Keynote speakers:

Dörte Fouquet, Partner at Becker Büttner Held 
Michael Polkinghorne, Partner at White & Case
Benjamin Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy at the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the School of Business, Management, University of Sussex.
Kim Talus, Professor and McCulloch Chair in Energy Law 

UEF Law School's 5th annual ENERGY TRANSITIONS conference

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

The 2017 conference had opening sessions on both conference days, which were followed by afternoon parallel sessions focusing on different topics. 

A practitioners’ keynote session kicked off the conference on Thursday 9 March. This opening session focused on up-to-date energy related topics from practitioner’s point of view. The keynote speakers for this session were: 

Wouter Vandorpe, Of Counsel,  Fieldfisher

Cameron Kelly, Legal Counsel, Alcazar Energy

Elizabeth Oger-Gross, Partner, White & Case LLP.

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

Henrik Björnebye, Professor, University of Oslo

Rafael Leal-Arcas, Professor of European and International Economic Law, Queen Mary University of London

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