Specialist Counsel

Specialist Counsel

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Charlotte Hafstad has a unique experience from the Norwegian Petroleum Fund’s Council on Ethics and from the Norwegian Armed Forces’ operational activities. She is currently writing a doctorate at the Faculty of Law in Oslo on financial transactions and national security and is one of Norway’s foremost experts in economic security. She advises clients on security-related issues and provides strategic advice at the intersection of law and geopolitics.

Charlotte has 14 years’ experience within the public sector. Whilst working for the Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global (Oil Fund), she investigated multinational companies involved in gross corruption and human rights violations for several years. She then worked as a senior adviser in the Armed Forces and supported the Armed Forces’ operational activities through legal advice related to cyber, technology, privacy and security law. In 2020, she joined Bing Hodneland law firm as an attorney, where she has consulted clients in security legislation, cyber and privacy, as well as screening rules for foreign investments. Since 2022, Charlotte has been Country Reporter for CELIS Institute, an international expert body on financial transactions and security.

Charlotte holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Oslo, specializing in WTO law, corporate law and international humanitarian law from the Humboldt University in Berlin. She also holds a master’s degree from the War department at King’s College in London with specialization in states’ handling of international security threats such as terrorism and espionage. She wrote her master's thesis under the guidance of Sir David Omand.



  • 2016 - 2017Master in Terrorism, Security and Society, King's College London
  • 2007Master of Laws , University of Oslo
  • 2006 - 2007Specialization in companies' reporting obligations and human rights, Humboldt University of Berlin

Professional experience

  • 2023 - Specialist Counsel, Ræder Bing advokatfirma AS
  • 2020 - 2023Associate, IT & Media, Bing Hodneland advokatselskap DA
  • 2012 - 2020Senior adviser, The Norwegian Armed Forces
  • 2006 - 2012Adviser, The Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global (Oil Fund)

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