Curriculum vitae

1 Summary
2 Education
3 Employment and Academic Qualifications
4 Offices, Service
5 Research Projects
PluriCourts | MultiRights | Book Series |
6 Teaching | Advising |
7 Grants/Funding CV, Fellowships, Visiting Scholar
8 Lectures and Presentations | List
9 Academic Publications | List
10 Contributions to public debate | List 

1 Summary

Professor of Political Philosophy at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Ph.D. 1991 in Philosophy, Harvard University. Co-Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of of the Judiciary in the Global Order (2013-2024). Principal Investigator, European Research Council Advanced Grant MultiRights 2011-16, on the legitimacy of multi-level human rights judiciary. Research Coordinator at the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for the Study of Mind in Nature – CSMN. Publishes on a variety of issues concerning Human Rights, Globalisation, Democracy, and Europeanisation. Fellow of The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

2 Education

1991 Ph.D., Philosophy, Harvard University: The Significance of National Boundaries for International Distributive Justice. Advisers: John Rawls and T. M. Scanlon; Amartya K. Sen for relevant chapters
1986 A.M. Philosophy, Harvard University
1982 Mag. Art. Philosophy, University of Oslo. Thesis: John Rawls’s Theory of Civil Disobedience. Minor fields: Sociology, Psychology
1981 Philosophy 80 poäng, University of Uppsala, Sweden

3 Employment and Academic Qualifications


2013- Professor, Co-Director, PluriCourts, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
2001- Professor, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
2000 (Acknowledged competence at the Full Professor level in Political Science)
1999-2005 Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo
1994-2005 Research Professor and Coordinator, Research Group on Normative Theory, ARENA (Centre for Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State)

Administrative Experience

2013- 2024 Director / Co-Director, PluriCourts Centre of Excellence, Research Council of Norway
2011- 2016 Principal Investigator, MultiRights, European Research Council Advanced Grant
2004- 2010 Director of Research, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
2006 Academic Director (acting), Ethics Programme University of Oslo
1994-2000 Coordinator, Research Group on Normative Theory, ARENA
1991-94 Director, Norwegian National Committee on Research Ethics in Social Sciences and Humanities (NESH)
1986-91 Teaching Fellow, Harvard University
1985-91 Assistant Senior Tutor, Currier House, Harvard University (part time)

4 Offices, Service

Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2019- Chair, Board of U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation
2019-2021 Board, Prize for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters – Fylkesaker-prisen
2014- Board, U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation
2015-2021 The Council for Animal Ethics [Rådet for dyreetikk], Alternate
2015-2023 Advisory Council on Scientific Misconduct [Redelighetsutvalg], Norwegian School of Sports Sciences (Norges Idrettshøgskole)
2016 Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2014-16 Advisory Board (Direksjonen) The Norwegian Polytechnic Society
2004-2010 Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund – Global
2002-2006 Vice Chair, Ethics Programme, University of Oslo
2002 Board, Program for Curriculum Reform, Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo.
2001-2003 Board, Center for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo
2001-2006 Advisory Council, “Mitt livs testamente” (Association for Advance Directives and issues of voluntary Euthanasia)
2001 Board of Norwegian Institute for Human Rights (Alternate)
1999-2001 Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board (Bioteknologinemnda)
1994-99 Board, Fulbright Alumni Association of Norway
1997- 98 Working Group on Integrating Ethics in the Curriculum, Norwegian School of Management
1993 Working Group on Research on Ethics, University of Oslo

Journal Editorial Boards

European Political Science, European Union Politics (-2018), Living Reviews in Democracy, Teoria Politica, Research and Politics; Journal on Social Philosophy

Academic and Research Committees

2007-2015 Board, International Political Theory, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
2001-2010 Board, International Political Science Association (IPSA) Research Committee 3 – On European Unification
2003-2006 International Board, Research Program on ‘Democracy. Scope, Limits and Justification’, Sweden

Evaluation Committees

Expert, European Commission, European Research Council
Expert/Referee: Finlands Akademi; The Leverhulme Trust; German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO); Research Council of Norway; The Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO); Riksbankens jubileumsfond, Stockholm; Swiss National Science Foundation; Thyssen Stiftung.
2008-10 Expert, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy New York
1999- Referee, Fulbright and Norge-Amerikaforeningen
2011 Professorship, Turku University
2005 Professorship, Saami University College
2004 The Philosophy Departments in Sweden
2004 Professorship, Freie Universität Berlin
2004 Associate Professorship, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
2003 Professorship, Roskilde University Denmark

Referee/Manuscript Consultant – recent, incomplete

Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Sage, Palgrave …
American Political Science Review (APSR) 2017, 2011, 2008; Analyse und Kritik 2011; British Journal of Political Science (2018); Comparative Social Research 2002; Conflict and Cooperation; Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy (CRISPP) 2005, 2005; Economics and Philosophy 2001; Ethics 2015; Ethics and International Affairs 2003; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2004; European Integration online Papers 2001, 2004; European Journal of Political Theory 2015; European Political Science Review (EPSR) 2017, 2018; European Union Politics (EUP) 2006; Global Constitutionalism 2012; International Journal of Constitutional Law 2017, 2019, International Theory 2017, Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS) 2011, 2017; Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP) 2016, 2011, 2006, 2002; Journal of Peace Research 2000, 2004; Journal of Political Philosophy 2016, 2012, 2011, 2007, 2007, 2005, 2004; Law and Practice of International Courts and Tribunals 2019; Journal of Politics 2016; Law and Philosophy 2016; Nordic Journal on Human Rights/ Mennesker og rettigheter 2007, 2001; PS: Political Science & Politics 2017; Political Studies 2004, 2003, 2001; Politics, Philosophy and Economics 2017; Regional and Federal Studies 2008; Res Publica 2018; Theoria 2007, 2002; Tidsskrift for trygdeforskning 2005, Internasjonal politikk 2001, Tidsskrift for Samfunnsforskning, TANO forlag, Velfærd 2016.

5 Research Projects


2013-2022 Director/Co-Director of the Norwegian Centre of Excellence PluriCourts for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of of the Judiciary in the Global Order. The Research Council of Norway.
2016-2020 Co-Ordinator Globalizing Minority Rights Arctic University of Norway, funded by The Research Council of Norway.

Book Series

2013 Cambridge Studies on International Courts and Tribunals, co-editor with Geir Ulfstein, Cambridge University Press.
2010 Cambridge Studies on Human Rights Conventions, co-editor with Geir Ulfstein, Cambridge University Press.
2010 Citizenship Transitions, Routledge, co-editor with Michele Micheletti, Dietlind Stolle and Jonas Tallberg
2007 Contemporary European Politics, Consulting Editor, Cambridge University Press
Studies on Global Justice, Springer
1998-2009 Themes in European Governance, Founding Series Editor (with J. P. Olsen), Cambridge University Press

Leadership/Participation in Past Research Projects

2011-16 Principal Investigator MultiRights – The Legitimacy of Multi-Level Human Rights Judiciary European Research Council Advanced Grant
2009-10 Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions? Centre for Advanced Study.
2007-2013 Research Coordinator Centre of Excellence for the Study of Mind in Nature University of Oslo
2004- Coordinator, Task force on Legitimacy and Democracy, NEWGOV, EU Integrated Project (EUI, Florence).
2004- Member, CONNEX, EU Network of Excellence (Mannheim)
Member, GARNET, EU Network (Warwick).
2003-4 Fulbright New Century Scholar
2003-4 Member, Council of Europe Integrated Project on The Future of Democracy in Europe
2003-5 Member, NODE project, Vienna: Governance, Territoriality and Welfare Regimes [Result]
2001-5 Coordinator, “Accommodating Difference” – Research Council of Norway.[Result]
2001 Union Citizenship. [Published] With Neil McCormick.
2001 Sami Claims to Land and Water. [Published]
2000 “Når noen er likere enn andre” (“When some are more equal than others”), Research Council of Norway. In cooperation with Centre against Ethnic Discrimination (Senter mot etnisk diskriminering), Oslo
2000 International Justice (Hinsides Hakkebakkeskogen), with the Institute for Human Rights. Published in Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift 2001, 2.
1999 Can Salmon Suffer? Research project, Research Council of Norway [Result]
1998-2000 Coordinator of Norwegian team in EU-project EURCIT – on European Citizenship
1994-2000 Coordinator, Research Group on Normative Theory, ARENA Responsibilities for running the Research Group, including a seminar, arranging conferences, editing books and journal special issues on normative issues pertaining to Europeanisation
1995. “Europeanisation and Normative Political Theory”. Position Paper – ARENA Working Paper 1/95.1997
1997 Restructuring the Welfare State: Theory and Practice of Social Policy. With Peter Koslowski [Published Springer]
1997 Democracy and the European Union. With Peter Koslowski. [Published]

Conference and Seminar Responsibilities

  • in addition to PluriCourts/MultiRights activities
2013 Section on Political Philosophy, 23rd World Congress of Philosophy, Athens
2012 The Legitimacy of international law and courts, University of Oslo
2011 Rawls’ A Theory of Justice at 40, University of Oslo
2010 Legitimacy of Human Rights Treaty Organs – Paris
2009 On Chaim Gans Just Zionism, Association for Israel Studies Conferenec, Beer sheva, Israel
Panel on Chaim Gans’ Just Zionism, American Political Science Association, Toronto
The Effects of Human Rights Treaty Ratification. EUI Florence
2008 The Contributions of Human Rights Institutions. NCHR/CSMN Workshop
On Nordic Human Rights Judicial Review NOPSA, Tromsø [Publication]
On Legitimacy in Normative Political Philosophy, Paris
2006 The Democratic Theory of ‘New Modes of Governance’ in Europe, Panel, IPSA World Congress, Japan
Corporate Complicity in Human Rights Violations, Council on Ethics of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, Oslo. [Publication]
2005 The calls for a European Identity, ECPR Budapest
2004 Political Consumerism, Conference, Oslo.
ECPR Workshop on National Traditions of Democratic Thought, Uppsala.
2003 Global Justice University of Oslo Ethics Programme. [Publication]
2003 ECPR Workshop on Legitimate Federation? Edinburgh. [Publication].
Round Table on European Citizenship, EURESCO Conference, Maratea, Italy
Norwegian Conference in Political Science, section on normative political theory
2002 APSA – Political Theory and the European Union
Nordic Network on Political Theory, Oslo.
2000 On Religion in the Public Schools, Oslo.
Hinsides Hakkebakkeskogen – Internasjonal rettferdighet University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy and Institute of Human Rights. [Publication Norsk Statsvitenskapelig Tidsskrift 2001 , 2].
Theories of Democracy for Europe: Principles and Preconditions. International Society for the Study of European Ideas, Bergen.
1999 Can Salmon Suffer? University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy. [Publication].
1998 Sub-sovereign Nations. Minorities in Europe. European Consortium for Social Research, Warwick; with Lukas Meyer/Bremen.
Roundtable on European Citizenship. World Congress of Philosophy, Boston. [Publication].
1996 Democracy and the EU. with Peter Koslowski/Hannover. [Publication].
1995 National Conference in Political Science, section on normative political theory.
The Welfare State Under Siege? Hannover, Germany, With Peter Koslowski. [Publication Springer 1997].
1994 The Fourth International Conference on Ethics in the Public Service, Stockholm. Member of Planning Committee.
ARENA Conference on Europeanisation and Normative Political Theory, Oslo.
1993 The European Business Ethics Network (EBEN), Oslo Conference. [Publication].
Nordic Workshop on Research Ethics Lillehammer, Norway. Publication 1995.
1990 Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cambridge, Mass., USA. Secretary at the founding meeting.

6 Teaching

2010 The Legitimacy of Human Rights Conventions – NordForsk PhD Course, Iceland
2008 How should we understand human rights, with Thomas Pogge, Oslo, with Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature. [Publication as special issue in J Soc Phil]
1999 Global Ethics, with Thomas Pogge, The Ethics Program/The Research Council of Norway

Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo:

1999, 2001 The Political Theory of the European Union – offered jointly with Dept. of Political Science
2000, 2001 Introductory Course in Ethics.
1993 John Rawls: Political Liberalism
1992 Freedom, Equality and Consent in recent contractualist theories

Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo:

1999 Multilevel governance: positive and normative analysis. With prof. Midgaard
1992, 94 Normative political theory, shared responsibilities.

Norwegian School of Management (BI), Oslo:

1991,93,94 Ethics in Management, for mid-career MBA students.

Teaching fellow

Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.:

1991 Professor Dennis Thompson: Political Ethics and Public Policy,
1990 Professor Roger Fisher: Negotiation Workshop, Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School.
1987 Professor Stanley Hoffmann: Ethics and International Relations
1986 Professor Sissela Bok: Moral Choice and Personal Responsibility
1985, 87 Professor Michael Sandel: Justice

PhD Advising

Ole Frithjof Norheim
Lars Fjell Hansson
Jakob Elster
Malcolm Langford
Nino Tsereteli
Anine Kierulf
Michael Reinertsen

7 Grants, Fellowships, Visiting Scholar


2013-23 PluriCourts Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order Rights Research Council of Norway Centre of Excellence [appr. EUR 19 mill/NOK 175 mill + from U Oslo]
2011-16 MultiRights – The Legitimacy of Multi-Level Human Rights Judiciary European Research Council Advanced Grant
[≈EUR 2.5 mill. + ≈ EUR 2.9 mill matching from Norwegian Ministry of Research]
2009-2014 Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions? FRIHUMSAM grant from the Research Council of Norway for two PostDocs
[NOK 5 620 000]
2009-2010 Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions? Centre for Advanced Study, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
[EUR 730 000]
2007-2010 Nordic Network on Human Rights research, NordForsk [EUR 160 000]
2004- Coordinator, Democracy Task Force, EU Project on New Modes of Governance, NEWGOV
2003 New Century Scholar, Fulbright
[$41 500]
1998-2000 Norwegian Coordinator, EU Project on European Citizenship EURCIT.
1997 Norwegian Non-Fiction Writers and Translators Association (NFF)
1990-91 Graduate Fellow, Program in Ethics and the Professions, Harvard University.
1988-90 Stipend, Research Council of Norway.
1983-88 Harvard University Grant selected years.
1983-84 Fulbright Fellowship.
1982-85 Doktorandstipend, University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Visiting Scholar:

2019 Department of Philosophy, University of Malaga
2019 Edinburgh Law School, The University of Edinburgh
2017 The Salzburg Centre of European Union Studies, University of Salzburg
2016 Australian National University, Canberra
2011 Wissenschaftzentrum Berlin; UC Berkeley Law School
2005, 06 The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
1997-9,2000-3 Repeat, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
1999 University of Florence, Italy
1987-88 Affiliate, Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School

8 Lectures and Presentations

Updated list

9 Academic Publications

Many available at SSRN – Author 1505725 | Complete, updated list

10 Contributions to public debate

Updated list