Øystein Meland

Of Counsel

About Øystein

Øystein Meland is Of Counsel at Wikborg Rein's Bergen office and is part of the firm's Shipping Offshore practice. Meland has worked with shipping matters for more than 20 years for Norwegian and foreign clients, and have over the last years been extensively involved in competition law related to maritime transport. He was lead counsel and successfully argued an international shipping cartel case before the EC, where the case was closed in May 2008 without any sanctions.

Meland is admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court as well as member of Wikborg Rein's Maritime law group and Competition law group. He is the manager of Bergen Shipowners Association, member of BIMCO documentary Committee and the Legal Committee of the Norwegian Shipowners' Association.

Meland drafted and negotiated the Norwegian Standard Shipbuilding Contract ("Ship 2000"), and is author of an extensive commentary on Shipbuilding Contracts based on the Norwegian Standard.

Meland is extensively used as speaker/lecturer at international conferences, and was appointed Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Spain in 1998.

Work experience
2019- Of Counsel, Bergen_NEWLINE_1985-2018 Partner, Wikborg Rein, Bergen _NEWLINE_1981-1985 Lawyer, Wikborg Rein, Bergen _NEWLINE_1979-1980 Associate judge Midhordland County Court _NEWLINE_1977-1979 Associate, Greve, Greve, Greve & Lorentzen, Bergen
2006 International Certified Arbitrator_NEWLINE_2002 Admitted to the Norwegian Supreme Court_NEWLINE_2001 Certified Mediator_NEWLINE_1977 Cand. jur., University of Bergen_NEWLINE_1975-1977 Assistant Lecturer, Department of Public and International Law, University of Bergen
Relevant experience
Extensive experience in litigation, particularly in maritime law, both before the ordinary courts and in arbitration, as well handling matters before the European Commission_NEWLINE_Acting both for ship-owners, underwriters, shipping banks and shipbuilders_NEWLINE_Extensive international negotiating practice, particularly for shipbuilding and offshore contracts
"Shipbuilding – a commentary to the Norwegian Standard Shipbuilding Contract" - 2006 _NEWLINE_Shipbuilding Contracts - a commentary based on SHIP 2000, Universitetsforlaget 2019
Manager of the Bergen Shipowners' Association_NEWLINE_Member of BIMCO documentary Committee_NEWLINE_Member of legal committee Norwegian Shipowners' Association_NEWLINE_Legal advisor to the Norwegian Shipbuilder's Association_NEWLINE_Honorary Consul to the Kingdom of Spain_NEWLINE_Bergen Energi AS (Chairman of the Board)