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Ole Kristian Fauchald

Ole Kristian Fauchald. Photo: Francesco SaggioPosition at FNI: Research Professor

Academic background
   Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (2007)
   Dr. juris, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, (1997)
   Cand.jur., Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (1991)

Professional experience
   Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, (since 2007, and currently).
   Advisor to the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.
   Consultant to and member of various committees, in particular the committee preparing new biodiversity legislation in Norway.
   Co-editor in chief, Yearbook of International Environmental Law (since 2003).
   Founder and leader of the Research Group on Internationalization of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.
   Responsible for the Treaty Database at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo.

Main research interests
Main research interests include international environmental law, with a particular focus on biological diversity, international trade law (WTO), international investment law, Norwegian environmental law, general issues of public international law, European Community law, and human rights.


Major publications

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Jus eller politikk? Reform av norsk verneområdeforvaltning' ('Law or Policy? Reform of Norwegian Protected Area Management'). In L. Gipperth and C. Zetterberg (eds), Miljörättliga perspektiv och tankevändor. Vänbok till Jan Darpö & Gabriel Michanek. Uppsala, Iustus förlag, 2013, pp. 237-252.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Hardening the legal softness of the World Bank through an Inspection Panel?' Scandinavian Studies in Law, Vol 58, 2013, pp. 101-127.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Effective Access to Environmental Information in Norway?' In I.L. Backer, O.K. Fauchald and C. Voigt (eds), Pro Natura - Festskrift til Hans Christian Bugge. Oslo, Universitetsforlaget, 2012, pp. 170-188.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian and Lars H. Gulbrandsen, 'The Norwegian Reform of Protected Area Management: A Grand Experiment with Delegation of Authority?' Local Environment, Vol 17, No 2, 2012, pp. 203-222.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian and Haakon Vennemo, Environmental Impacts of a Free Trade Agreement between China and Norway. FNI Report 1/2012. Lysaker, FNI, 2012, 140 p.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, International Environmental Governance: Lessons Learned from Human Rights Institutional Reform. FNI Report 14/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 76 p.

Tvedt, Morten Walløe and Ole Kristian Fauchald, 'Implementing the Nagoya Protocol on ABS: A Hypothetical Case Study on Enforcing Benefit Sharing in Norway'. The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Vol 14, No 5, 2011, pp. 383-402.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Regulatory Frameworks for Maritime Transport in the Arctic: Will a Polar Code Contribute to Resolve Conflicting Interests?' In John Grue and Roy H. Gabrielsen (eds), Marine Transport in the High North. Oslo, Novus Forlag, 2011, pp. 73-91.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, Trade Rules and International Hazardous Substance Regulation: An Inventory Focusing on Chemicals and Waste. FNI Report 4/2011. Lysaker, FNI, 2011, 34 p.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, International Environmental Governance: A Legal Analysis of Selected Options. FNI Report 16/2010. Lysaker, FNI, 2010, 57 p.

Anker, Helle Tegner, Ole Kristian Fauchald, Annika Nilsson and Leila Suvantola, 'The Role of Courts in Environmental Law – a Nordic Comparative Study'. Nordisk Miljörättslig Tidskrift, Vol 1, No 1, 2009, pp. 9-33.

Stigen, Jo and Ole Kristian Fauchald, 'Environmental Security and the UN Security Council'. Chapter 13 in Balliet, Cecilia M. (ed), Security: A Multidisciplinary Normative Approach. Brill, 2009.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Er det behov for miljøombud?' ('Do We Need an Environmental Ombudsman?'). In Miljøretlige emner: Festskrift til Ellen Margrethe Basse. Oslo, Jurist- og Økonomforbundets Forlag, 2008, pp. 199-220. In Norwegian.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'The Legal Reasoning of ICSID Tribunals – An Empirical Analysis'. European Journal of International Law, Vol 19, 2008, pp. 301-364.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Forfatning og miljøvern – en analyse av Grunnloven § 110 B' ('The Constitution and Environmental Protection – an Analysis of the Constitution's § 110 B'). Tidsskrift for rettsvitenskap, Vol 120, Nos 1-2, 2007. pp. 1-84. In Norwegian.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Genetically Modified Organisms and Precaution in Norwegian Law'. In De Sadeleer, Nicolas (ed), Implementing the Precautionary Principle. Earthscan / James & James, 2007, pp. 229-247.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'International Investment Law and Environmental Protection'. Yearbook of International Environmental Law, Vol 17, 2006, pp. 3-47.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian and Kjersti Schiøtz Thorud, 'Protection of Investors Against Expropriation – Norway's Obligations under Investment Treaties'. In Dog Fred er ej det Bedste... Festskrift til C.A. Fleischer på hans 70-årsdag 26.august 2006. Oslo, Universitetsforlaget, 2006, pp. 113-150.

Fauchald, Ole Kristian, 'Bør etablering av en internasjonal miljødomstol være et prioritert mål?' ('Should the Establishment of an International Environmental Court Be a Priority Objective?'). Kritisk juss, Vol 31, No 2, 2005, pp. 109-131. In Norwegian.
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(Faculty of Law, University of Oslo)



 Related focal points of research

   Global governance and sustainable development
   Biodiversity and biosafety
   Law of the Sea and marine affairs
   Chinese energy and environmental politics


 Important ongoing projects

Managing Protected Areas in a Time of Internationalization

The Access and Benefit Sharing Research Project

Drivers of Change in Circumpolar Tundra Ecosystems (TUNDRA)

Marine Bioprospecting and Law

Toxics Diplomacy: Norway in International Cooperation Concerning Hazardous Substances and Trade

International Law for an Anthropocene Epoch? Shifting Perspectives in the Law of the Sea, Environmental Law and Genetic Resources Law

Norwegian Biodiversity Policy in the Interface between European Legislation and Multilateral Environmental Treaties: the Seed Issue

The World Bank Inspection Panel

Chinese Investment Treaties

International Environment-related Standards


 Important past projects

Environmental Impact Assessment of a Norwegian-Chinese Free Trade Agreement (2010-2011)


 Recent relevant FNI News

Norway's Protected Areas: Failing to Conserve Threatened Environments (26.04.2013)

International Law for an Anthropocene Epoch (10.06.2011)


Recent media coverage:

'Vi som beveger verda' ('We Who Move the World'), Forskerforum, No 3, 01.03.2013. In Norwegian.



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