Rolf Riisnæs


About Rolf Riisnæs

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 and Financial Management (DFØ) with the drafting of a new Cloud Services Agreement (SSA-Sky, published April 2021). Ha also counseled the Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (Difi) in their total overhaul of SSAs in 2014-2015 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 Security by Who's Who Legal.

Work experience
  • 2010 -

    Partner, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2007 - 2009

    Senior Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2006

    Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo

  • 2000 - 2005

    Researcher/Scholarship to pursue doctorate studies (part time)

  • 1994 - 1999

    Researcher, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time)

  • 1994 - 1999

    Associate, Wikborg Rein, Oslo (part time)

  • 1990 - 1993

    Research Assistant, Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (NRCCL), Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (part time)

  • 1985 - 1987

    Financial Secretary, Norsk AS Philips

  • 2007

    Practising certificate

  • 2006

    Dr. juris, University of Oslo

  • 1993

    Cand.jur., University of Oslo

  • 2021

    Computer Law and Security Review, EU National News Column (2015 onwards), with Emily M. Weitzenboeck

  • 2020

    Book review: Personvernforordningen (GDPR) – en lærebok (textbook), by Dag Wiese Schartum (2020), reviewed in Lov & Data (December 2020)

  • 2017

    Data Protection – Norway Chapter, International Comparative Legal Guides (2014-2017), with Emily M. Weitzenboeck

  • 2007

    Digitale sertifikater og sertifikattjenester – roller, oppgaver og ansvar, Fagbokforlaget (2007) [Digital Certificates and Certification Services (PKI)]

  • 2007

    Regelverksutvikling og brukerdeltakelse i eForvaltningen, i Dag Wiese Schartum (red.), Elektronisk forvaltning i Norden, Fagbokforlaget (2007) [Regulatory development and user participation in the eGovernment]

  • 2005

    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]

  • 2004

    Digital Certificates and Certification Services, i Peter Wahlgren (ed), IT Law, Scandinavian Studies in Law Volume 47, Stockholm Institute for Scandinavian Law (2004)

  • 2003

    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

  • 1996

    Introduction to the Norwegian Model EDI Agreement, EDI Law Review, Vol 3 No 3, 1996

  • 1994

    Elektronisk datautveksling i tollforvaltningen - rettslige spørsmål knyttet til TVINN, CompLex 3/94, Tano (1994) [Electronic data interchange in the customs admininstration]

  • 1992

    EDI and National Legislation, i Wolgang Kilian og Andreas Wiebe (eds.), Data Security in Computer Networks and Legal Problems, Toeche-Mittler Verlag (1992)

  • 1992

    Implementing EDI – a proposal for regulatory reform, CompLex 6/92, Tano (1992)