University of Calgary

Kristen van de Biezenbos

  • Assistant Professor


Before joining the Faculty in 2017, Kristen taught energy law and related courses at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law. She received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2010 and interned for the honorable Judge Lance Africk at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She subsequently had a mixed transactional and litigation practice in New Orleans, focused on offshore energy services, maritime law, and international arbitration. From 2013 to 2015, she was a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Tennessee and an M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans.

Bar Admissions



Law 509: Business Associations
Law 630: International Petroleum Transactions

Research/Scholarly Activities

Kristen’s research explores energy law and its local impacts, especially the problems of externalized costs and regulatory gaps. She also writes about energy in context with water law and land use issues, global energy initiatives, international energy transactions, and comparative energy policy. She also has a particular interest in offshore energy projects, both hydrocarbon and renewable, and related issues.

Research Areas

  • Energy Extraction, Transportation, and Land Use Issues
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Policy
  • Renewable Energy Markets and Regulation
  • Offshore Energy Law

Selected Publications

  • The Rebirth of Social License, 14 McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law _ (peer reviewed, forthcoming 2019).
  • Canada at the Crossroads: Roadblocks to Meeting National Commitments to the Paris Agreement, 32 Connecticut Journal of International Law __ (forthcoming 2018).
  • Negotiating Energy Democracy, 33 Florida State Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law 331 (2018).
  • Sunken Treasure: Preserving Underwater Cultural Heritage, 49 Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce 367 (2018).
  • Enforcing Private Environmental Governance Through Community Contracts, 9 George Washington Journal of Energy & Environment Law 45 (2018).
  • Contracted Fracking, 92 Tulane Law Review 587 (2018).
  • Where Oil is King, 85 Fordham Law Review 1631 (2017).
  • A Sea Change in Creditor Priorities, 48 Michigan Journal of Law Reform 595 (2015).
  • Recourse Under Rule B: The Peculiar Problem of Maritime Attachments Under U.S. Law, in Charterparties: Indemnities, Recourse, and Collaterals (Filippo Lorenzon, Ed., Routledge, 2014).


  • The Rebirth of Social License, C.D. Howe Institute Energy Advicory Council Meeting, invited presenter (Toronto, ON, Oct. 24, 2018).
  • Sustainability, Inc., Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law Purdy Crawford Business Law Workshop, invited participant (Halifax, NS, Oct. 19, 2018).
  • The Rebirth of Social Licence, University of Alberta Early Careers Law Workshop, invited participant (Edmonton, AB, July 4, 2018).
  • Sustainable Futures: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and National Commitments to the Paris Agreement, 4th Annual Sustainability Conference of American Legal Educators, Arizona State College of Law, invited panelist (Phoenix, AZ, May 11, 2018).
  • Impact of Differing Climate Policies on Energy Buildout from the Canadian Perspective, North American Energy and Environmental Policy in Transition, 2nd Annual North American Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Conference, University of Houston Law Center, invited panelist (Houston, TX, May 03, 2018).
  • Canadian Energy at the Crossroads: From Paris to Pipelines, Symposium on Comparative National Energy Policy in a Post-Paris World, University of Connecticut School of Law, invited panelist (Hartford, CT, April 20, 2018).
  • Sunken Treasure: Preserving Underwater Cultural Heritage, American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, section chair and moderator (San Diego, CA, Jan. 3, 2018).
  • Energy Policy and Markets in a Shifting Federal-State Landscape, Florida State University College of Law, invited panelist (Tallahassee, FL, Nov. 8, 2017).

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Professional Service

Kristen is a member of the Board of Advisory Editors for the Tulane Law Review and the Loyola Maritime Law Journal, and is a former trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. She currently serves as chair of the Admiralty & Maritime Law section of the American Association of Law Schools.

Photograph of Kristen van de Biezenbos
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