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 and Comparative Civil Procedure Law
  • International Infrastructure and Construction Law
  • International Commercial Law
  • International Climate Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Photograph of Rudiger Tscherning


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