Policy Coherence of Public Investment: The Public Sector as Direct and Indirect Investor

The public sector in its many roles as market actor, including as direct and indirect investor, is crucial to achieving environmental, social and economic sustainability.

The lion is one of two that guard the entrance to the Norwegian Parliament. Photo: Jon Glittenberg CC by 2.0

The presentations at this seminar, organised by the SMART Project, draw on examples from different jurisdictions and with an international perspective, allowing both for a national and global discussion. The discussion of specific aspects of the public sector as investor form a starting point for a deeper understanding of how we can achieve policy coherence for sustainable development.


Thursday, 18 May

08:30    Registration, tea and coffee

09:00    Chair: Beate Sjåfjell

Dr. Eelke Heemskerk and Doctoral Candidate Milan Babic, University of Amsterdam, The Trojan horses of State Capitalism? State ownership in the global economy
Doctoral Candidate Mikko Rajavuori, University of Turku, State Ownership, Human Rights and Fiduciary Sovereignty: An Initial Sketch
Thorunn K. Bakke, Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Fisheries, The Norwegian State’s Ownership Policy 

10:30    Coffee and tea break

10:45    Chair: Jukka Mähönen

Gustavo Parra de Andrade, Future in our Hands, and project leader, Fair Finance Guide Norway, The Norwegian State as Large Shareholder in Financial Institutions: Best in Class?
Dr. Francesco Cuccu, University of Sassari, The new Italian Law on State-Owned Companies. New Paradigms and Trends
Dr. Sebastian Mock, Universität Hamburg, State Owned Enterprises and Corporate Social Responsibility - Trends in Germany

12:15    Joint discussion

12:45    Lunch break

13:45    Chair: Linn Anker-Sørensen 

Dr. Ding Chen, University of Sheffield, SOEs reform in China, unfinished business
Dr. Yong Zhou, Guest Professor, Central University of Nationalities, Beijing, Governing Sustainable Development: The Chinese Story of Hydropower Development and Implementation of Law
Professor Beate Sjåfjell (presenting author; co-authors: Heidi Rapp Nilsen and Benjamin J. Richardson), Investing in Sustainability or Feeding on Stranded Assets? The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global

15:15    Short break

15:30    Chair: Beate Sjåfjell

Professor Shen Wei, Shandong University Law School, When the State Sovereignty Immunity Rule Meets Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Post Financial Crisis Era: Is There Still A Black Hole in International Law?
Professor Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo, Regulation as Ownership

16:30    Panel debate: towards Policy Coherence of Public Investment

17:15    Closing remarks by Professor Beate Sjåfjell

17:30    Drinks reception for all participants

19:00    Speakers' dinner at Eik Annen Etage, Stortingsgata 24/26


This seminar is open to all, including students. 


Published Mar. 31, 2017 9:26 AM - Last modified Jan. 22, 2018 1:43 PM