Rolf Riisnæs


About Rolf

Rolf Riisnæs dr. juris, is a Partner at Wikborg Rein's Oslo office and is part of the firm's Technology and Digitalization practice and the Public Procurement practice. Riisnæs' areas of expertise are within technology and IT-procurements, including contracts and negotiations, data protection, eBusiness/eGovernment, information security, including electronic signature, digital certificates and certification services (PKI). He also works with copyright issues, in particular license agreements.

Riisnæs mostly assists clients with large, complex procurements, including strategic legal counsel on procurement law, contract law, negotiations and contract management, as well as within specialties such as data protection (privacy), information security and eGovernment regulations. He has a wide experience in coordinating and leading Wikborg Rein's technology- and procurement team on specific complex projects.

Riisnæs has expert knowledge of the application of all Government's Standard Terms and Conditions for IT Procurement (SSA) and the adaptation of such standard agreements for specific procurements. He counseled the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) in their total overhaul of SSAs in 2014-2015. He also counseled Difi in a complete update and quality assurance of SSAs in 2008-2009 as well as in the completion and quality assurance of the Agile Software Development Agreement (SSA-S) in 2013/2014.

Riisnæs continually assists several of Wikborg Rein's clients regarding privacy and information security, including data processor agreements and transfer to countries outside the EEA. He has also reviewed privacy and information security issues in connection with the handling of personal information within the health sector and in government portals directed towards the public.

Riisnæs was appointed Dr. juris in 2006 for his thesis regarding digital certificates and certification services (PKI). He has been involved in several projects regarding PKI, electronic signatures, eGovernment and the development of legal framework for the e-commerce sector. He assisted in drafting new Regulations on National eID and played a central role in the development of the Regulations regarding Electronic Communication with and within the Government (the eGovernment Regulations) as well as a new user guide for it. In 2012 Riisnæs was assigned by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation to review proposals for changes in the Public Administration Act and the eGovernment Regulations regarding i.a. consent requirements and adaptations for realization of the Government's strategy for digital communication with citizens.

Riisnæs is credited by Chambers (Band 1) and Legal 500 (Leading Individuals) in the categories TMT/Information Technology and is appointed among Thought Leaders – Data by Who's Who Legal.


Work experience
2010- Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2007-2009 Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2006 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo_NEWLINE_2000-2005 Researcher/Scholarship to pursue doctorate studies (part time)_NEWLINE_1994-1999 Researcher, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time)_NEWLINE_1994-1999 Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo (part time)_NEWLINE_1990-1993 Research Assistant, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time)_NEWLINE_1985-1987 Financial Secretary, Norsk AS Philips
2007 Practising Certificate_NEWLINE_2006 Dr. juris, University of Oslo_NEWLINE_1993 Cand.jur., University of Oslo
Computer Law and Security Review, EU National News Column (2015 onwards), with Emily M. Weitzenboeck_NEWLINE_Data Protection – Norway Chapter, International Comparative Legal Guides (2014-2017), with Emily M. Weitzenboeck_NEWLINE_Digitale sertifikater og sertifikattjenester – roller, oppgaver og ansvar, Fagbokforlaget (2007) [Digital Certificates and Certification Services (PKI)]_NEWLINE_Regelverksutvikling og brukerdeltakelse i eForvaltningen, i Dag Wiese Schartum (red.), Elektronisk forvaltning i Norden, Fagbokforlaget (2007) [Regulatory development and user participation in the eGovernment]_NEWLINE_Sikker elektronisk samhandling med og i forvaltningen (eForvaltningsforskriften), i Arild Jansen og Dag Wiese Schartum (red.), Informasjonssikkerhet - Rettslige krav til sikker bruk av IKT, Fagbokforlaget (2005) [Secure electronic communicaton with and within the public administration]_NEWLINE_Digital Certificates and Certification Services, i Peter Wahlgren (ed), IT Law, Scandinavian Studies in Law Volume 47, Stockholm Institute for Scandinavian Law (2004)_NEWLINE_Electronic Agents and PKI, i Jon Bing and Giovanni Sartor (eds), The Law of Electronic Agents, CompLex 4/2003. En lett bearbeidet versjon av artikkelen er publisert i Lee Bygrave (ed), Yulex 2003_NEWLINE_Introduction to the Norwegian Model EDI Agreement, EDI Law Review, Vol 3 No 3, 1996_NEWLINE_Elektronisk datautveksling i tollforvaltningen - rettslige spørsmål knyttet til TVINN, CompLex 3/94, Tano (1994) [Electronic data interchange in the customs admininstration]_NEWLINE_EDI and National Legislation, i Wolgang Kilian og Andreas Wiebe (eds.), Data Security in Computer Networks and Legal Problems, Toeche-Mittler Verlag (1992)_NEWLINE_Implementing EDI – a proposal for regulatory reform, CompLex 6/92, Tano (1992)