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General Arbitration Experience

Arbitrator in ICC arbitration on price revision in gas sales contracts.

Arbitrator in ICC arbitration on construction contracts (special purpose vessel).

1 week course with the "Harvard team".
Extensive practice as mediator in commercial disputes from 1988.

Extensive speaking engagements, nationally and internationally, mostly on issues of contract law, mediation, arbitration and offshore safety.

Chairman of a committee appointed by the Minister for Oil and Energy to investigate cost overruns in Norwegian offshore development projects in 1994 - 1998 ("Investeringsutvalget" 1998 - 1999), published in NOU 1999: 11.

Moderator in negotiations between construction industry and oil companies to establish agreed standard contracts for offshore development projects (i.a. NF 92/05/07, NTK 2000/05/2007, NSC 05) from 1989.

Chairman of the committee for revising the Norwegian General conditions of contract concerning design and building (NS 8407), 2008 - 2011.

Visiting scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle, USA, 1991 - 1992.

Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, 2001 - 2003.

Head of Department of Petroleum Law, University of Oslo, 1989 - 2001 and from 2009.

Co-editor of "Norsk Lovkommentar" (complete Norwegian annotated acts), 1992 - 2010.

Name: Knut Kaasen
Nationality: Norwegian
Residence: Oslo
Telephone: +47 22 85 97 73
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Languages: Scandinavian, English
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Firm Name: Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo
Firm Address: P.O.Box 6706 St. Olavs pl., 0130 Oslo
Firm Country: Norway
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Work history

Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo from 1989.

Acting Justice, the Norwegian Supreme Court (September 2005 - July 2006 and January - July 2008).

Counsel, Legal department Norsk Hydro AS, Oslo, 1984 - 1988.

Assistant professor and "officer in charge", Scand. Institute of Maritime Law, Department of Petroleum Law, 1981 - 1984.

Assistant District judge, Arendal, 1979- 1981.

Research assistant, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, University of Oslo, 1977 - 1979.

Oil, Gas and Energy Contract Law

Several articles 1978 - 2012.

Co-arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations.

Supervisor for Master thesis.

Public Law Regulations, Concessions and Tariffs
Construction and Oil-service Law

Co-arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration re rig contracts.

Co-arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration re FPSO contracts.

Extensively writing (books, articles) on Norwegian standard construction contracts and general issues of construction contracts.

(Co-)arbitrator in ad hoc arbitrations re offshore facilities. Co-arbitrator in ad hoc arbitration on modification work re rigs, FPSOs, vessels.

Supervisor to Master thesis.

Insurance, Finance and Maritime Law
Corporate Transactions and Investor Disputes
"Scope of Joint Operating Agreements in Norway", Marius no. 261 (2000) pp. 127-147.

"Voldgift og publisitet" (Arbitration and publicity), Tidsskrift for Forretningsjus (2001), pp. 139-151.

"The Relationship between the Licensees and Suppliers of Goods and Services" (in the chapter on Energy Law in Norway), Energy Law in Europe; Roggenkamp, Rønne, Redgwell, del Guayo (eds), Oxford University Press (2001), pp. 790-803.

"Safety regulation", Petroleum Law Compendium, Book 1, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (2003), pp. 137-170.

"Avoiding bankruptcy risks in construction contracts", Marius no. 321 (= SIMPLY 2004) (2004), PP. 267-292.

"Dynamisk kontraktsrett - et fruktbart grep?" (Dynamic Contract Law - a fruitful approach?), Tidsskrift for Rettsvitenskap (2005), pp. 237-263.

"Ansvarsbegrensning i fabrikasjonskontrakter". (Limitation of liability in construction contracts), Industribygging og rettsutvikling, Juridisk festskrift i anledning Hydros 100-årsjubileum. Biller, Brannsten, Brautaset, Hasaas (eds.), Fagbokforlaget (2005), pp. 233-258.

"Petroleumskontrakter. Med kommentar til NF 05 og NTK 05" (Petroleum contracts - comments on Norwegian Fabrication Contract 2005 and Norwegian Total Contract 20), Universitetsforlaget (2006)

"The Relationship between the Licensees and Suppliers of Goods and Services" (chapter on Energy Law in Norway), Energy Law in Europe; Roggenkamp, Rønne, Redgwell, del Guayo (eds.), Second ed., Oxford University Press (2007), p. 929

"Formalism in complex onshore and offshore construction contracts", Marius no. 39 (SIMPLY 2009) (2010), PP. 103-137.

"Petroleumsretten" (Petroleum Law), Knophs oversikt over Norges rett, Universitetsforlaget (2009), pp. 460-472.

"The obligation to pay upon cash calls. A test of cooperation under Joint Operating Agreements", Marius no. 400 (= SIMPLY 2010) (2011), pp. 289-324.

"Samarbeid i olje - en spesiell selskapsrett" (Cooperation in petroleum activities - a special kind of company law), Selskap, kontrakt, konkurs og rettskilder. Festskrift to Mads Henry Andenæs 70 år, Gyldendal Akademisk 2010 ISBN 978-82-05-40066-5, pp. 152-170.

"Safety regulation", Marius no. 404 (2011), pp. 164-201.

"Project Integrated Mediation - PRIME", Norwegian Tunneling Society NFF Publication 21 - Contracts in Norwegian Tunneling (ISBN 978-82-92641-24-8) (2012), p. 69.