Oyster Legal is a specialized legal consultancy firm in the field of regulation, supervision and energy law. The founder of Oyster Legal is Prof. Dr. Saskia Lavrijssen. She has over twenty years of experience as a researcher and lecturer in the fields of competition law, good governance and the regulation and supervision of network industries. The mission of Oyster Legal is to connect science with society.
Oyster Legal can assist governments, consumer organizations and businesses in unravelling complex legal issues in the area of economic regulation, supervision and competition law in the energy sector and other infrastructure sectors such as water and transport. Step by step, Saskia Lavrijssen tackles difficult problems and helps to develop practical solutions that lead to a clear advice; the pearl that guides companies and organizations in determining the right directions and making strategic choices in heavily regulated markets.
Examples of issues on which Oyster Legal can provide legal advice are: Which rules apply to energy companies and energy network companies in markets for smart energy services? Which tasks belong to the responsibility of network companies and which activities should be left to the market? Which rules of competition law apply if (energy) companies want to work together to reduce CO2 emissions and combat climate change? Under what conditions can local authorities provide subsidies to local renewable energy facilities?
Saskia Lavrijssen is a part-time professor of Economic Regulation and Market Governance of Network Industries at the Tilburg Law School of Tilburg University. Before that, she was affiliated to the Faculty of Law at the University of Amsterdam as professor of Energy Law. Because of her special expertise in the area of competition law and economic administrative law, she was appointed as deputy judge at the Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (2010-2013) in 2010. She also acted as expert in the expert panel that was set up to advise the Parliamentary Inquiry committee on the housing corporations sector. Saskia Lavrijssen was a research partner at the Netherlands Gambling Authority (KSA) in 2015/2016. In this capacity, she advised the Board of Directors of the KSA on supervisory and regulatory issues relating to the gaming market.
In 2006, Saskia Lavrijssen defended her very well-received dissertation on independent competition authorities and good governance at Tilburg University (Boom Juridische Uitgevers, 2006). During her PhD research she worked as a legal researcher at an international law firm in the section Administrative Law and Regulated Sectors. Saskia Lavrijssen was assistant professor of European Law at Tilburg University until 2007. At the time she was also a researcher and research coordinator at the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). Throughout her career, Saskia Lavrijssen has specialized in EU law, competition law, economic regulation, energy law, national constitutional and administrative law and issues of good market supervision. In 2010 she received a prize from the Association of Competition Law for the best article on the role of non-competition interests in European and national competition law. In 2017, Saskia Lavrijssen received a long-term research subsidy from NWO in the context of the Next Generations Infrastructures Program for research into the promotion of data driven innovations in the infrastructure sectors.
Transparency, Accountability, Participation, Independence and Effectiveness are key principles of good supervision. These principles form the basis for proper legal arrangements for the supervision of the energy sector and other regulated network sectors.
Oyster Legal advises on the meaning and implication of the principles of good supervision and the way in which they can be applied in markets in transition.
Regulation of key infrastructures must ensure that users have access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy, water or transport facilities.
Oyster Legal advises how regulation can link up with technological developments and promote new innovations.
The energy transition involves the transition from an energy supply in which energy is generated centrally by means of gas-fired and coal-fired power plants to energy generated (locally) with sustainable sources, such as wind energy and solar energy.
Energy consumers are increasingly becoming prosumers. They do not only take energy from the distribution network, but also produce energy themselves and feed it into the grid. The transition to a sustainable energy supply requires a fundamental reconsideration of existing European and Dutch regulatory frameworks, supervisory arrangements, and decision-making procedures.
Oyster Legal advises on new legislation, new forms of cooperation and supervisory procedures that can facilitate the implementation of technological and social innovations that are necessary for the realization of the energy transition.