Legal & IP

The European Spallation Source ERIC Legal Function manages and develops the provision of legal services to enable ESS to meet its objectives and act within the law. The Legal Function supports the construction, operation and decommissioning phases of the Organisation.

The availability of legal advice will enable ESS to meet its objectives and to minimise unnecessary liabilities and risk while ensuring the Organisation’s compliance with applicable law.

The Legal Function accomplishes these purposes primarily by providing legal and risk management advice and assistance to management and staff on a full range of issues that may impact ESS. All legal services to ESS are attainable through the Legal Function.

Swedish organisation number: 768200-0018

VAT number: SE768200001801

To provide:

  • legal advice and support on a wide range of legal matters
  • clarification on legal issues, options or potential outcomes
  • support through external legal specialists where needed

To ensure:

  • the legality of the organisation
  • all contracts with ESS are legally sound and contain acceptable risks to the organisation
  • the organisation’s compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • management is properly alerted to legal risks to the organisation

ERIC Documents

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The ERIC FAQ explains the implications of the transition from ESS AB to European Spallation Source ERIC.

Statutes of the European Spallation Source ERIC

The European Commission implementing decision (EU) 2015/1478 of 19 August 2015 on setting up the European Spallation Source as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (European Spallation Source ERIC) can be viewed on their website.

The consolidated version of the Statutes of the European Spallation Source ERIC are available for download on the right.

ESS Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct is a set of rules outlining the responsibilities and proper practices for individuals employed by ESS. The rules are developed by and for ESS and express its business principles, values and norms, and the appropriate behaviour for ESS Staff. The ESS Code of Conduct has been updated as of May 28, 2018, including the new supplementary document "ESS Rules for Alcohol and Drugs at the Workplace" as well as an update to the ESS Rules for Ethics in Contracting".

ESS Intellectual Property Rights and Inventions Policy

The European Spallation Source ERIC has adopted the Intellectual Property Rights and Inventions Policy to govern the dissemination, exchange, ownership, use and protection of technical knowledge, intellectual property rights and know-how created in or arising from the ESS project.

Procurement Rules

The European Spallation Source ERIC procurement rules apply to all contracts for the provision of goods, works and services, concluded in writing between ESS and third parties and financed by the ESS budget.

ESS Privacy and Cookies Policies

The European Spallation Source ERIC (ESS) takes the privacy rights of individuals very seriously. These policies explain how, why, and when we collect your personal data, as well as your personal data rights.

Fredrik Livendahl

Senior Legal Officer


  • Procurement contracts, commercial law & related matters (excl. personnel)
  • Corporate law & ERIC legal framework
  • Environmental, energy and Swedish regulatory laws in general
  • Real estate and office/premises lease matters
  • Construction, insurance, financing and public procurement legal matters
  • IPR matters

Johan Långberg

Legal Officer


  • Consultancy, secondment and studentship contracts and other external personnel related matters
  • Office/premises lease agreements

Karin Börjesson

HR Officer


  •  Personal taxation

Dusan Stric

Innovation and Industrial Liaison Officer


  • Innovation and technology transfer

Other services:

  • In-Kind Contribution Agreements, In-Kind Technical Annexes and related in-kind legal matters 
  • Contracts and other legal matters with ESS’ partners and other research institutes that do not relate to in-kind or procurement, for example, collaboration contracts, MoUs, LoIs etc. (excl. personnel)
  • Grants and consortium agreements
  • Labor law and work environment
  • Personal Data Protection and GDPR
  • IPR matters