Time and place:

Oct 14, 2013 09:00 AM – Oct 18, 2013 03:30 PM, Faculty of Law, St. Olavs plass 5, Room 571

EU Company and Financial Market Law – Monday 14 October


Professor Karsten Engig Sørensen, Professor Jukka Mähönen, Professor Beate Sjåfjell, Research Assistant Linn Anker-Sørensen


European company and financial market law influences the Nordic national regulation of companies and markets on several levels. This first day of the seminar will give an overview of the European harmonisation process, outlining the relevance of the EU Treaties, the secondary legislation and the case law from the European Court of Justice. The lecturers will also discuss the remaining challenges and the newest trends, including the tentative tendencies to build a bridge over the dichotomy between corporate governance and CSR, the latest news there being the non-financial reporting initiative.

Nordic Company and Financial Market Law – Tuesday 15 October


Professor Beate Sjåfjell, Associate Professor Hanne S. Birkmose, Professor Jukka Mähönen, Professor Mads Andenæs (tbc) and PhD Student Trude Myklebust, Professor Jan Andersson, lecturer from Iceland? (tbc)


The five Nordic countries national company and financial market law has common Nordic roots. With this starting point, this day will give an overview of status and remaining challenges in the Nordic countries in light of the EU influence set out in the first day of this seminar.

Law and Economics: Companies and Markets – Wednesday 16 October Friday 18 October


Gudrun Johnsen, M.A., M.A.E., Associate Researcher COMSEL, Fmr. Senior Investigator of Parliamentary Special Investigation Commission Looking into the Fall of the Icelandic Banking System in 2008, Professor Beate Sjåfjell


Economic development and social well-being depend to a large degree upon the systemic structure of institutions, specialization of labor and the separation between corporate ownership and control. The success of any economic system relies, inter alia, on how well the problem of information asymmetry between agents is ameliorated and co-operation between them ensured. The legal regime, market forces and corporate governance all form a nexus of necessary contracts and institutions needed to align the interests between principals and their agents. This course strives to offer understanding of the fundamental workings and incentives of agents in the system. It draws together lessons from history, law, economics, game theory, finance and psychology, all essential in enabling meaningful understanding of both successes and imperfections of organizations and financial institutions that lie at the heart of modern economies.


Research Group on Companies, Markets, Society and the Environment


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