Workshop: Enforcing Environmental Sustainability in the face of Business Failure and Distress

The University of Oslo is hosting a workshop which focusses on the complex interaction between the increasingly important body of European regulatory principles (ranging from direct regulation to soft law), which directly address core issues of environmental sustainability and current regulation of the corporation as business entity in the member states of the EU and additional European states. The workshop will be conducted in a comparative context with contributions from US academics in the Field.

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In the field of corporate law the question of public enforcement of entity liability post insolvency or in the course of restructuring remains a question which is addressed at member or state level throughout Europe. There is therefore a dissonance between the pan European approach to the regulation of environmental sustainability and the more individualised approach of states when it comes to corporate or entity liability in relation to these principles.



Morning session 10-12 am

  • Setting the SMART scene for the workshop, Professor Beate Sjåfjell (University of Oslo)
  • Fissures between state and federal regulatory frameworks: some examples from EU environmental Law, Professor Irene Lynch Fannon (University College Cork)
  • Environmental obligations in insolvency procedures, Professor Erik Røsæg (University of Oslo)

Afternoon session 1-3 pm

  • If the polluter can’t pay, should the creditors? A review of the interaction of the environmental and insolvency law regimes in England and Wales, Chris Umfreville (Aston Law School)
  • The Regulatory Potential of Charges on Land for Environmental Liabilities, Dr. Colin Mackie (University of Leeds)  
  • Harmonizing Insolvency and Sustainability in the Courtroom and the Boardroom, Associate Professor Laura N. Coordes (Arizona State University)

Lunch break from 12 noon to 1 pm



The event was streamed, and a recording is available on SMARTs Facebook page.

The presentations from the seminar are available below:



Published Dec. 14, 2017 3:36 PM - Last modified Aug. 10, 2021 10:27 AM