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


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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