Elise Johansen

Specialist Counsel

About Elise Johansen

Elise Johansen is a Specialist Counsel at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and is part of the firm's Sustainability, Climate and Ocean group.

She has for the past seven years been one of the permanent senior researchers at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS) and leader of serval of NCLOS’ research projects. In parallel, she have been in charge of several of the academic programs at the Faculty of Law, UiT the Arctic University of Norway. Johansen's field of expertise is international and national climate- and environmental law and the law of the sea, focusing especially on the interaction between climate law, sustainability goals and the law of the sea, including the legal development within the EU based on its Green Deal policy. She advises clients in all the areas mentioned, both in relation to compliance and rule development, companies' strategy work in the areas of sustainability and climate. She advises both private and public sector clients.

She has published extensively in major national or international peer-reviewed journals and peer reviewed book chapters. Her latest work (co-editor and author of three chapters) is the book "The Law of the Sea and Climate Change - Solutions or Constraints?" (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Work experience
  • 2021 -

    Specialist Councel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2013 -

    Associate Professor, The Arctic University of Norway

  • 2006 - 2013

    PhD position, University of Tromsø

  • 2005 -

    Research fellow, The Arctic University of Norway

  • 2002 - 2005

    Lawyer, The Law firm: Rekve, Pleym & Co

  • 2007-2013

    Ph.D., University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway

  • 2005

    Practising certificate

  • 2002

    Cand.jur., University of Tromsø

  • 2020

    “Climate Change and the Arctic: Adapting to threats and opportunities in Arctic marine waters”, co-authored with T. Henriksen, Edward Elgar Research Handbook on climate Change, Ocean and Coasts.

  • 2020

    “Ocean Fertilization”, in E. Johansen, S.V. Busch and I.U. Jakobsen (eds) The Law of the Sea and Climate Change – Solutions or Constraints?, Cambridge University Press

  • 2020

    “The role of the oceans in regulating the earth’s climate: Legal perspectives”, in E. Johansen, S.V. Busch and I.U. Jakobsen (eds) The Law of the Sea and Climate Change – Solutions or Constraints?, Cambridge University Press

  • 2019

    “The role of the law of the sea in climate change litigation”, The yearbook of Polar Law Yearbook, Vol 11:1 (Brill 2019), 141-169.

  • 2018

    “Climate Change and the Arctic: Legal Regulations in Changing Times”, in M. Nordquist, J.M. Moore and R long (eds) The Marine Environment and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 - Life Below Water, Brill Nijhoff, Vol 22 (1) 368-390

  • 2018

    “Natural Marine Resource Management in a Changing Climate”, Arctic Review on Law and Politics, Vol 9

  • 2018

    “Norges nye klimalov”, i T. Haugli, G. K. Eriksen and I. U. Jakobsen (eds) Rettsvitenskap under nordlys og midnattssol, Fagbokforlaget 175-196

  • 2017

    “The EU Influence on Norwegian Domestic Legislation for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment”, The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Vol 33.(2) 415-435,

  • 2016

    “Efforts of the Arctic Council to Protect Sensitive Sea Areas from the Impacts of Shipping”, co-authored with I.U. Jakobsen, MarIus, No. 471 7-39