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Roman Sidortsov

Senior Global Energy Fellow

LLM, Vermont Law School, 2012;
JD, Vermont Law School, 2008;
Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Law, Irkutsk University, 1999


Roman V. Sidortsov serves as a Senior Global Energy Fellow at the Institute for Energy and the Environment and teaches oil and gas development and renewable energy courses in the distance learning program. He is also a doctoral researcher at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Mr. Sidortsov has taught at Irkutsk State Academy of Law and Economics in Russia and at Marlboro College Graduate School’s Managing for Sustainability program in the United States. Prior to returning to academia, Mr. Sidortsov practiced law in Russia as in-house counsel for an American non-profit organization, and in the United States as a transactional attorney.

His research focuses on legal and policy issues related to the development of environmentally sustainable energy systems, risk governance in the oil and gas sector, and Arctic offshore oil and gas exploration and extraction, with a special emphasis on the Russian Federation, Norway, and the United States. Mr. Sidortsov currently serves as a member of the U.S. Academic Team in the Energy Law Partnership of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Energy Working Group; a member of the Extractive Industries Working Group at the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland; a member of the Indigenous Peoples and Resource Extraction in the Arctic—Evaluation of Ethical Guidelines project team funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and a member of the Stranded Assets Research Network hosted by the University of Oxford. He received his first law degree (Bachelor’s and Master’s with highest honors) in the Russian Federation from Irkutsk State University and his Juris Doctor (magna cum laude) and LLM (summa cum laude) degrees from Vermont Law School.