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A Submarine Cable between Iceland and the EU - a legal requirement?

Law Forum: A Submarine Cable between Iceland and the EU - a legal requirement?

Thuesday 13th February 2018
At 12.00 in M-101 Sólborg v/Norðurslóð

On 13 February at 12.00–12.50 Max Baumgart will deliver a lecture at the Law Forum, University of Akureyri. The title of the lecture is A Submarine Cable between Iceland and the EU - a legal requirement? and it will be given in English. 

The European Union considers "IceLink", a project to connect Great Britain and Iceland through a submarine cable, a key infrastructure project. Despite the fact that projects such as this can only be carried out with the consent of the states concerned, this open lecture will argue that the provisions on the free movement of goods in the EU treaties already oblige member states to extend their electricity grids. This is mainly due to the fact that the free movement of the good electricity can only be guaranteed through the existence and maintenance of an adequate enlarged grid. Also the interpretation of these provisions in the light of the idea of an "ever closer union" plays an important role in establishing this specific obligation. The lecture then wants to discuss if such an obligation also applies to Iceland as a member of the European Economic Area treaty.

Max Baumgart is teaching in Akureyri within the Erasmus+ program. As a research assistant at the University of Cologne, Germany, a fellow in energy at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cologne and the University of Basel, Switzerland, Max is working on emerging technology and clean energy delivered through intelligent infrastructure. He has been teaching at the China-EU School of Law in Beijing and studying at UC Berkeley, USA, the University of Cologne, Humboldt-University of Berlin, Germany, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Besides his work in Cologne, Max gained insights as a legal trainee at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., USA, at a law firm in Brussels, Belgium, and at the German Federal Parliament in Berlin.

The Law Forum will be in room M102 and is open and free for public attendance.

Dr. Hermann Óskarsson, Sociology professor, University of Akureyri, School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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