In recognition of the outstanding contribution of Professor Kåre Lilleholt to the internationalisation of legal science and to the shaping of a new generation of legal scholars in Estonia, the University of Tartu has conferred on him the degree of the Honorary Doctor of Law.
Kåre Lilleholt was born in 1952. He acquired the doctor iuris degree in 1986 at the University of Bergen and was elected a full professor of the same university the next year already. In the years 1993–1997 he worked as a professor at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and from 1997 to 2006 again at the University of Bergen. In 2005 he was awarded the title Doctor Honoris Causa by Stockholm University, Sweden.
In 2006 Kåre Lilleholt became a professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oslo.
His main areas of research are Norwegian property and contract law, including specific areas such as construction and dwelling law.
In addition to numerous scientific articles in Norwegian as well as European legal journals and compendia, he has published several important monographs in Norwegian, including Godtruerverv og kreditorvern (Credit and Securities Law, 3 editions) and Kontraktsrett og obligasjonsrett (Contract and Obligations Law, 2017). The total number of his scientific works amounts to almost 200.
In addition to scientific activity in the central areas of Norwegian civil law, Kåre Lilleholt has also been deeply involved in research on comparative and European private law. He has participated actively in the influential comparative law network, the Study Group on a European Civil Code, acting as leader of working team on lease of movables. He has also been the national reporter in the pan-European cooperation project on comparative law, the Common Core of European Private Law.
The long and fruitful cooperation of Kåre Lilleholt with the School of Law of the University of Tartu is also rooted in the scientific projects on the modernisation of European private law and various comparative law networks. His first encounters with Estonian legal scholars took place in 2001 already in the comparative dwelling law project Legal Framework of User-Owned Dwellings in the Baltic Countries (financed by the Nordic Council). This was followed by the above-mentioned cooperation in the Study Group on a European Civil Code in which both Professor Lilleholt and legal scholars from the University of Tartu played an active role.
In the following years also the younger generation of legal scholars at the University of Tartu was engaged in the cooperation.
In 2014, financed by the Norwegian–Estonian Research Programme, the comparative consumer law project Topical issues of consumer credit in Estonia and Norway was launched, with Kåre Lilleholt acting as the Norwegian partner. Within the framework of this 4-year project, 13 international scientific articles were published, many of them in Estonian–Norwegian co‑authorship. Two conferences and one seminar that took place in Tallinn and Oslo attracted numerous academics and stakeholders from most Nordic–Baltic countries. Through this cooperation, Kåre Lilleholt has made a valuable contribution to the internationalisation and development of the younger legal scholars at the University of Tartu.
Kåre Lilleholt has visited Estonia on several occasions, making presentations in scientific conferences and delivering lectures for law students at the University of Tartu. At his invitation, our academics have had the opportunity to present their views at international seminars and workshops at the University of Oslo. He has published three articles in the peer-reviewed law journal Juridica International published by the School of Law of the University of Tartu.