The International Law and Governance Research Group focuses on major aspects of international law by viewing international law and politics in a context-specific, timely and up-to-date manner.
International law is analysed as an ongoing process of decision-making through which the members of the world community identify, clarify, and secure their common interests in balance with their sovereign interests. In order to understand the development and challenges in international law, the research group invites and draws upon theories and practice of international law as well as careful studies of current events and developments. Unlike conventional works in international law, the work is organized and structured in terms of the process of decision making (e.g. participants, perspectives, arenas of decision, bases of power, strategies, outcomes, and effects) in the international arena, and references both classic historical examples and contemporary events to illustrate international legal processes and principles.
The research group seeks to provide a forum to discuss and study contemporary examples, including:
- The evolution of international public and constitutional law.
- The international law of migration.
- The methodology and approaches to international law.
- The socio-economic and other aspects of the right to self-determination.
- The expanding scope of international concern and the duty of states to protect human rights.
- The trend towards greater accountability for states, international organizations and economic actors (especially TNCs) and issues of shared responsibility for internationally wrongful acts.
- Treaty and decision-makers and -making under international law.
- The role and regulation of international organizations.
- Individual responsibility in international criminal law as well as different aspects of the proper administration of international criminal justice.
- Responsibility for environmental threats, in particular climate change.
- EU law and its substantive and institutional aspects.
- Law of the sea, maritime delimitation, and global public goods.
- International law in a Norwegian legal context.
The research group studies international law in a multi-level context, including the regional and national level, and the interaction between the different levels. It invites inter-disciplinary approaches. The group aims at providing academics and students with the interest and the intellectual tools needed to participate as responsible members of a world community premised on the notion of human dignity for all People.