During this lecture of Michelle de Rijke we will explore the history and impact of Energy Law in the EU and Dutch context. The field of law concerned with creating, enforcing and challenging laws that regulate the energy market. Do you actually realize how much Energy Law and Policy impacts your daily life?
Due to a process of liberalisation, globalisation and climate change, the energy sector and its legal framework is constantly changing. These changes affect the energy industry and the relationship between producers, suppliers and customers. The number of players has increased and the legal relationships between all parties have become more complex.
The implementation of the Paris Agreement, the Dutch Climate Agreement, the Dutch legislative agenda for the Energy Transition and the Environment and the Planning Act become determining factors for how energy companies, industries, and (regional) governments will plan their future strategies and activities. All these developments require specialised knowledge of Energy Law.
Michelle de Rijke
Michelle is partner at Van der Feltz advocaten N.V., a boutique firm in The Netherlands offering strategic legal expertise in the practice area of public law and civil construction law to the Government & Public sector, (Sustainable) Energy, Real Estate and Industrial sector.
Michelle has been active in the energy industry since the liberalization of the market began in 1998. She works at the level where public affairs and strategic legal advice meet, providing her clients with guidance and assistance through (politically) sensitive issues and projects, towards creative and innovative solutions.
She advises companies, regional authorities, and special interest groups throughout the energy sector’s chain of production, transport and supply, with a focus on the energy transition process. This includes renewable energy projects (biogas, wind, heat, and solar energy), infrastructure, tariff regulation, subsidies, and enforcement. She is a published author and frequent public speaker (for example, at the FD Energy Debate: Housing Construction and Energy Transition).
Michelle is consistently recognized as a leading energy and regulatory lawyer in the legal directories, such as Chambers Europe and Legal 500. Recently Michelle has been appointed deputy judge for the Court of Rotterdam in the Administrative Law sector.
> Identified as “Leading Lawyer” by Who’s Who Legal Energy
> Ranked “leading individual” in Legal 500 2018 (Energy, Regulatory)
> Ranked in Chambers Europe 2018 Energy and Natural Resources, Regulatory (Band 2)
It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.