Elise Johansen


About Elise Johansen

Elise is one of Norway's leading lawyers in sustainability-, climate- and environmental law. Elise's field of expertise is international and national climate- and environmental law and the law of the sea, including the legal development within the EU. Elise advises clients in all the areas mentioned, both in relation to compliance and implementation, and companies' strategy work and the identification of risks and opportunities.

Elise has a background as a professor of law at the Arctic University of Norway and has extensive experience as a teacher and researcher. She regularly writes articles in international and national journals and books and is a recognized speaker. Among her publications are: "The legal interactions between the climate change and law of the sea regimes", ( Routledge, 2022) "Climate Change and the Arctic: adapting to threats and opportunities in Arctic marine waters (Research Handbook on Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts, Edward Elgar, 2021), "The Law of the Sea and Climate Change – Solutions or Constraints?" (Cambridge University Press, 2020),

Work experience
  • 2023 -

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2021 - 2022

    Specialist Councel, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2020 -

    Professor, The Arctic University of Norway

  • 2013 - 2020

    Associate Professor, The Arctic University of Norway

  • 2006 - 2013

    PhD position, University of Tromsø

  • 2005 - 2006

    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