Roman Sidortsov

Roman Sidortsov


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  • Assistant Professor, Energy Policy
  • University of Cambridge, Churchill College, Scott Polar Research Institute, PhD in Polar Studies, October 2016
  • Vermont Law School, LL.M in Environmental Law, summa cum laude, February 2012
  • Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2008
  • Irkutsk State University School of Law, Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Law, Highest Honors (Red Diploma), June 1999


Roman Sidortsov has a diverse international background as an educator, researcher, consultant, and practicing attorney. He has developed and taught law and policy courses ranging from Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuels to Administrative Law at Vermont Law School, Irkutsk State Academy of Law and Economics in Russia, and Marlboro College Graduate School’s MBA in Managing for Sustainability program. Dr. Sidortsov has practiced law in Russia as in-house counsel for an American non-profit organization and in the United States as a transactional attorney. Throughout his career, he has consulted for various international companies on issues involving foreign and comparative law and policy.

Dr. Sidortsov’s research focuses on legal and policy issues related to the development of sustainable energy systems, energy security and justice, comparative and international energy law and policy, energy geopolitics, risk governance in the energy sector, and Arctic energy development with a special emphasis on the Russian Federation, Norway, and the United States. Dr. Sidortsov’s current and past affiliations include: the U.S. Academic Team within the Energy Law Partnership of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Energy Working Group, the Extractive Industries Working Group at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, International Energy Justice Council, and the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School. Dr. Sidortsov also serves as an editorial board member for Energy Research and Social Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by Elsevier.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Energy Systems
  • Energy Security and Justice
  • Risk Governance of the Energy Sector
  • Comparative Energy Law and Policy in the Arctic
  • Russian Oil and Gas Policy

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Comparative and International Energy Law
  • U.S. Energy Law
  • U.S. Environmental Law
  • U.S. Business Law
  • Risk Governance
  • Russian Energy and Environmental Law
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Energy Justice
  • Arctic Energy Development