In Memoriam Anita Rønne – The North Sea and Beyond

This conference addresses the Challenge of Decommissioning of Oil and Gas Installations

Photos from the conference

Time: 24 May 2019 9:00 - 16:35, followed by a reception.

Place: Søren Kierkegaard Auditorium, 9A-0-01, Njalsgade 76, DK-2300 Copenhagen S, Denmark

For more than 150 years, oil has fuelled economies across the globe. With a fast-paced technological development, a population boom and a hunger for resources, which have increased consumption of fossil fuels, it is no wonder that more and more oil and gas fields are in their maturity phase and are rapidly approaching or have already entered the depletion phase.

Countries with offshore oil and gas industries are currently facing, or are going to face, decommissioning activities in their economic areas. Just in the North Sea there are more than 600 installations and more than 25000 km of underwater pipelines. With more and more fields approaching depletion, recent reports estimate decommissioning costs to go beyond 100 billion dollars. However, despite the staggering amounts involved, decommissioning raises also challenges with respect to contractual obligations, environmental liability, security agreements, accounting and taxation, re-use of installations and equipment or residual obligations.

The conference is relevant to and aims to stir the interest of a large number of stakeholders: public authorities and regulators that are looking to develop best practice regulations, practitioners interested to know the current industry practices, legislative provisions and regulation in their own country or elsewhere, as well as scholars and students.


  • Peter D. Cameron – Head of Center for Petroleum, Energy and Mineral Law and Policy (University of Dundee, United Kingdom) (Keynote Speaker)
  • Rafael Leal Arcas (Queen Mary University of London – Center for Commercial Law Studies)
  • Don Smith (University of Denver, United States of America).


In Memoriam Anita Rønne – The North Sea and Beyond (pdf)

Important dates

  • 11 March 2019: Conference Call
  • 12 April 2019: Registration & Submission of Abstracts
  • 17 April 2019:  Selection & Decision on Speakers
  • 22 May 2019:  Submission of papers/working papers/articles
  • 22 June 2019:  Submission of final versions for publication
  • January 2020:  Publication

Call for papers

Call for papers - In Memoriam Anita Rønne – The North Sea and Beyond (pdf)

For questions concerning the call for papers, please contact Dr. Catalin Gabriel Stanescu, CEVIA - Centre for Enterprise Liability, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen  (


For participation in the event please use this registration form no later than 23 May 2019 , 12:00.

In memoriam Anita Rønne

The event is dedicated to Anita Rønne, former associate professor in Energy Law and Sustainability at the University of Copenhagen, and one of the promoters of the conference.

As part of the event, there will be a book launch, collecting some of Anita’s representative works in the area of energy law and sustainability. Former colleagues, collaborators and family of Anita will take this opportunity to remember and honour her memory and her work.