University of Calgary

Rudiger Tscherning

  • Assistant Professor

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Called to the Law Society of England and Wales (2007)


Rudiger joined the Faculty of Law in July 2016. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflict of Laws and International Business Law at the University of Heidelberg, where his doctoral research examines dispute resolution mechanisms in international energy infrastructure projects. Rudiger is a former research fellow of the Faculty's Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL).

Prior to his time at the University of Heidelberg, Rudiger was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Energy and Sustainability Law at Qatar University College of Law, where he also was a Lecturer of Law teaching on energy and sustainability law. Before joining academia, Rudiger practiced as a solicitor in London, England where his litigation practice focused on the environmental and planning law aspects of energy and infrastructure project delivery.

During his time in Qatar, he acted as legal consultant to the World Bank and the Ministry of Environment of the State of Qatar. While in the Middle East, he initiated the first regional academic conference on renewable energy and nuclear law and policy, a program on post-conflict natural resources development, and a series of professional legal education courses with the AIPN Middle East Chapter and faculty from the University of Houston Law Center.

Professor Tscherning has secured generous funding from the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation (RMMLF) for the preparation of teaching materials for his Conflict of Laws course. The funding is to support the development of practical case studies and problems on private international law issues as they arise in the energy and natural resources industry. The materials focus on cross-border and international energy projects in the mining, oil and gas, LNG-chain, natural resources transportation, electricity generation and electricity transmission fields.

Rudiger is a member of the Faculty’s Mooting Committee and the Faculty advisor for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.


Law 403: Legislation
Law 613: Conflict of Laws
Law 617: Alternative Energy Law
Law 693: Energy Transportation and Infrastructure

Research/Scholarly Activities

Rudiger researches in the areas of international and comparative energy and natural resources law and policy, international commercial law, construction law and dispute resolution mechanisms. He also has a special interest in international civil procedure and the conflict of laws, international nuclear law and policy, post-conflict natural resources law development and international investment treaty law.

Research Areas


  • International and Comparative Energy and Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • The Conflict of Laws (Private International Law)
  • International Infrastructure and Construction Law
  • International Nuclear Law and Policy
  • International Commercial Law
  • Transportation of Energy and Commodities


Selected Publications & Presentations


  • Construction Disputes in Major Infrastructure Deliveries: Lessons from the United Kingdom for the Introduction of Statutry Adjudication in Canada, 18 Asper Rev Int'l Bus & Trade L 71.
  • De-Escalating Construction Disputes in Major Infrastructure Delivery: Lessons from the United Kingdom as Canada Moves to Statutory Dispute Adjudication, in Resources, 121-2018, May 2018.
  • Transportable Nuclear Power Plants – An Update on Regulatory Responses in International Nuclear Law, in Proceedings of the International Nuclear Law Association Conference 2013, Nomos Verlag, Baden Baden/Germany, February 2014.
  • Renewable Energy for Food and Water Security in Dry-Land Countries: A Model Legal Framework for the Qatar National Food Security Programme, in Talus, K. (ed.), Handbook on International Energy Law, Edgar Elgar, Cheltenham/UK, December 2013.
  • Co-Editor (with Paul Rice of Pinsent Masons LLP, London), Special Issue on International Nuclear Law, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Journal (OGEL), Vol. 11(1), February 2013.
  • Transportable Nuclear Power Plants for Natural Resources Extraction in the Arctic – International Environmental, Proliferation and Security Concerns, Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence – OGEL Journal, Special Issue on the Arctic Region, Vol. 10(2), February 2012.
  • The European Offshore Supergrid and the Expansion of Offshore Wind Energy in Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom – Legal, Political and Practical Challenges, Part I, 20(3) European Energy and Environmental Law Review (2011) 76-87.
  • The European Offshore Supergrid and the Expansion of Offshore Wind Energy in Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom – Legal, Political and Practical Challenges, Part II, 20(4) European Energy and Environmental Law Review (2011) 120-128.
  • The European Union Emission Trading Scheme Rules on Carbon Leakage and Energy Intensive Industry in the Federal Republic of Germany, 20(1) European Energy and Environmental Law Review (2011) 2-17.


  • "De-escalating Construction Disputes in Major Infrastructure Delivery: Lessons from the United Kingdom as Canada moves to Statutory Dispute Adjudication”, The Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law’s 4th Annual INTLaw Conference on April 24th 2018, held in Manitoba.
  • "Climate Change, Resource and Infrastructure Use: Emerging Regional and International Law Issues", William and Mary Law School and the World Resources Institute, Washington D.C, Symposium on The Role of Law and Government in Protecting Communities from Extreme Weather and Coastal Flood Risks, William and Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA, 31 January 2014.
  • "Transportable Nuclear Power Plants – the Need for a Global Legal Framework?", International Nuclear Law Association (INLA) International Nuclear Law Conference, 6 June 2013, Leipzig/Germany.
  • Best Case Practices in Renewable Energy for the GCC, Panel Discussant, Second Qatar Alternative Energy Investor Summit, 24 March 2013, Doha, State of Qatar.
  • "Opportunities and Challenges of Nuclear Energy in the Middle East", Power-Gen Middle East Conference, 6 February 2013, Doha, State of Qatar.
  • "Renewable Energy Policy and Law Roadmap for the State of Qatar", World Future Energy Summit Abu Dhabi, Speaker at the EU-GCC Clean Energy Network Session, 17 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

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