International Trade and Investment [SMART]

This conference invites scholars to consider the ways in which trade and investment law can promote and block sustainability.



Exploring legal drivers and barriers to sustainability

The aim of this conference is to consider the interaction between public international law and private law in this field (as well as between hard and soft law) from the perspective of ‘sustainability’. We can understand ‘sustainability’ as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present while safeguarding Earth’s life-support system, on which the welfare of current and future generations depends.’ (Griggs et al, 2013) Yet, the means by which to achieve that objective, including the balance between environmental, economic and social pillars, remains contested. This conference explores the controversies that have arisen regarding the legal drivers for and barriers to achievement of sustainability. We have invited scholars with in depth expertise in public international law, international economic law, international human rights law, international environmental law, development, international labor law, investment law, financial securities law, EU external relations, corporate law and corporate governance.

Participation at the Conference

In order to secure a place at the Conference, please register here by 1 May 2017.

Call for papers

Call for papers (deadline expired)

Tentative programme


Linda Gulli


The event will be accompanied by an internal meeting for SMART partners on 8 May and Workshop on 11 May. More information on this will follow.

Time & Place

May 9, 2017 May 10, 2017, Gamle Festsal, Domus Academica, Oslo

Taxation and Sustainable Development [SMART]

In order to secure the social foundation for people today and in the future, radical changes both to business behavior and to the global distributional landscape are required. Tax systems are a recognized force for both behavioral change and redistribution. Are tax systems responding, however, to these needs?


“Green tax” regimes exist, of course, but do they work and are they enough?  What are their impacts along global value chains?  What barriers to sustainable business exist in the way market actors are taxed outside such regimes, and in the way market actors respond to tax systems generally?  Are the outcomes of the OECD’s “Base Erosion and Profit Shifting” project, and instruments such as the EU’s Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive, enough to stall the flow of untaxed corporate profits from developing countries?  More generally, how can tax policy become a positive driver for sustainable development?  How can sustainable development imperatives be integrated in tax policy-making on the level of individual states, at EU-level, and globally? These are some of the questions the Taxation and Sustainable Development Conference aims to address when convening an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars to Oslo University Faculty of Law on 25 April 2017.

How to register?

Registration for the event is open for scholars of all disciplines and others interested in the topic, including students. We encourage registration through this online registration form to secure a place at the Conference.


Jukka Mähönen

Linda Gulli

Call for paper

View the call for paper here.

Time & Place

Apr. 25, 2017, Kjerka, Domus Media Vest, Oslo

International Conference on Sustainable and Efficient Transport System [SMART]

The InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Business and Law, University of Helsinki and Aalto University School of Business in collaboration with the SMART project, University of Oslo are organizing an international conference on Sustainable and Efficient Transport Systems – The Role of Transport in the Sustainable Circular Economy.



Concept note and overarching questions

The aim of the conference is twofold:

(1) to find solutions to the overarching question of how transport could be more resource efficient and have less negative impact on the environment; and

(2) to answer the question of the role of transport, and in particular carriage of goods, in the transformation to a circular economy.

The current transformation to a circular economy focuses upon the life cycle of products, including aspects like production, design, materials and waste of goods, leaving the negative impact of transport aside.

However, in order to make efficient decisions, politicians, stakeholders and, in particular, the actors in the supply chain should be informed about the role transport plays in the international supply chain and also in the transformation to a circular economy. Research on the role of transport in the transformation to a circular economy is thus needed.

The overarching goal is to develop a resource efficient transport system that respects the environment. For this, we need technical solutions, such as cleaner and quieter means of transport. This is, however, not the only relevant approach, we also need a behavioural change in the transport industry. Tools are therefore required to promote a shift in the decision-making process that will enable the logistics service providers to choose environmentally friendly transport solutions, particularly as regards modes of transport (or a combination of these), routes of transport as well as, for example, the avoidance of half empty or empty loads. The key word for enabling the logistics service providers to make the right choices is information.

How to register?

For information on how to register please visit Intertran’s website (deadline for registration is 12 April 2017).

Conference: Procurement beyond price: Sustainability and CSR in public purchasing


On 4-5 May 2017 Centre for Enterprise Liability (CEVIA) will host a two-day international conference at the Faculty of Law of the University of Copenhagen,  where researchers from the CSR Legal Research Network, the SMART project and other renowned specialists discuss timely developments relating to the field of procurement, sustainability and CSR.

Registration here