Background and activities

Beate Sjåfjell holds a fractional appointment as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (since 2016), and is Professor at the University of Oslo, Faculty of Law, Department of Private Law (since 2011). Beate is also Professorial Research Fellow at the Law School of Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia (also since 2016). Beate is founder and head of the Oslo Faculty’s Research Group Companies, Markets and Sustainability (2017-2021), as well as several international networks and projects.

Beate Sjåfjell’s main field is company law and corporate governance, with much of her research concentrating on the regulation of business in the broader context of sustainability. Already in her doctoral thesis, successfully defended in May 2008, Beate broke new ground, identifying and integrating sustainability as an overarching objective into EU company law and securities law. This was followed up in the Sustainable Companies Project (2010-2014), which focused on environmental sustainability in its multi-jurisdictional comparative analysis of company and accounting law. Beate’s research interests also include European treaty and national constitutional law, regulatory theory and law and economics, as well as business and financial market law generally, labour law, environmental law and human rights. An increasing interdisciplinary focus is reflected in the successful proposal for Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART), and in Beate’s fractional appointment with NTNU.

Beate is involved in several externally funded research projects. The largest project to date is SMART (2016-2020), funded by the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, under the programme INT-4-2015 ‘Europe as a Global Actor: in search of greater policy coherence for development’. This is the first H2020 coordinator project at the Oslo Faculty of Law. SMART’s international team of 25 partner institutions and 50 plus scholars is supported by the steadily growing  Sustainable Market Actors Network, and aims to deliver interdisciplinary and systemic research on the regulatory complexity within which European market actors operate, both the private sector and the public sector in its many market roles.

At NTNU contributes to the teaching in several topics, including TIØ4261 Green Value Creation and Ethical Perspectives, TIØ4300 Environmental Science, Ecosystem Services and Sustainability and TIØ4195 Environmental Management and Corporate Governance.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database








  • Kjelland, Cecilie; Sjåfjell, Beate; by teigen, anders. (2011) Report from Norway: Corporate Governance and Simplification. European Company Law.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Kan aksjeselskaper sette miljø foran profitt?. Jussens venner. vol. 46 (6).
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Selskapsrett. Etableringsfrihet, fri kapitalbevegelse, aksjeselskapets natur og solidarisk ansvar for aksjonær. Sak C-81/09, Idryma Typou AE mot Ypourgos Typou kai Meson Mazikis Enimerosis. Nytt i privatretten : nyhetsbrev for informasjon på det privatret.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Selskapsrett. Traktatbruddssak: Fri kapitalbevegelse og "golden Shares". Sak C-543/08, Europa-Kommisjonen mot Den Portugisiske Republik, avsagt av EU-domstolen (første avdeling) 11. november 2010. Nytt i privatretten : nyhetsbrev for informasjon på det privatret.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Sustainable Development, EU Law and Companies: The EU law framework for the Sustainable Companies project. International and comparative corporate law journal. vol. 8.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) The Core of Corporate Governance: Implications of the Takeover Directive of Corporate Governance in Europe. European Business Law Review.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Towards a Sustainable Development: Internalising Externalities in Norwegian Company Law. International and comparative corporate law journal.
  • Sjåfjell, Beate. (2011) Why Law Matters: Corporate Social Irresponsibility and the Futility of Voluntary Climate Change Mitigation. European Company Law. vol. 8 (2-3).