Rolf Einar FIFE

Ambassador of Norway in France

Rolf Einar FIFE is Norway’s ambassador to France since 2014.

He served 2002-2014 as the Director General of Legal Affairs of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law 2008-2010. He has represented Norway in multilateral and bilateral negotiations and before international courts, including the International Court of Justice and the WTO Appeals Body. He headed negotiations on maritime delimitation as well as petroleum and fisheries cooperation with the Russian Federation (Barents Sea and Arctic Ocean treaties 2007 and 2010) and other neighbouring States. He headed the Norwegian team before the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf. A graduate of the University of Oslo, he worked at the Polar Department, Ministry of Justice 1984/1985 and since 1985 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with postings in the Middle East 1988-1990 and at the Norwegian Mission to the UN, New York 1990-1993. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he headed various units in its Legal Department prior to becoming its head in January 2002. Visiting Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge 2009-2010. Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague.

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