1991 PhD Philosophy Department, Harvard University (Fulbright Scholar). Dissertation: The Normative Significance of State Borders (Advisors: philosophers John Rawls and TM Scanlon, and economist, later Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen).
1982 Mag. Art. Philosophy, U of Oslo:John Rawls’s Theory of Civil Disobedience. Minor fields: Sociology, Psychology.
2013- Professor of Political Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo
2001-2013 Professor, Director of Research, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo
1999-2005 Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Oslo
1994-2005 Research Professor, Coordinator, Research Group on Normative Theory, ARENA (Centre for Advanced Research on the Europeanisation of the Nation-State)
1991-1994 Head of Secretariat, Norwegian National Committee on Research Ethics in Social Sciences and Humanities (NESH).
2013-23 (Co-)Director PluriCourts – a Centre of Excellence on the Legitimacy of the global judiciary, University of Oslo, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
2011-2016 Principal Investigator, ERC Advanced Grant MultiRights on the legitimacy of the multi-level human rights judiciary, funded by the European Research Council.
2016-2020 Co-Ordinator Globalizing Minority Rights Arctic University of Norway, funded by the Research Council of Norway.
2009-2010 Co-Director, Research group ‘Should states Ratify Human Rights Conventions?’ at the Norwegian Centre for Advanced Study/Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
2008-2018 Research Coordinator at the Norwegian Centre of Excellence for the Study of Mind in Nature CSMN
2001-2009 Director of Research, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 2001-4 as the first University ‘Professor for Research Leadership;’ Academic Director, Nordic Research School in Human Rights.
1994-2000 Coordinator, Research Group on Normative Theory, ARENA Centre for European Studies.
2021 Recipient University of Oslo Annual Research Prize – with Geir Ulfstein
2012- Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
2002- 2003 Fulbright New Century Scholar, a 30-member international research team exploring Sectarian, Ethnic and Cultural Conflict within and across National Borders
1983-1984 Fulbright Fellowship for PhD studies at Harvard University.
2019- 2023 Chair and Member of Board of U.S.- Norway Fulbright Foundation
2004-2010 Member, Council on Ethics of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, to the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, advising divestment from particular firms from the portfolio of the Norwegian Government Pension Fund
2015-2023 Member, The Council for Animal Ethics [Rådet for dyreetikk]
1999-2001 Member, Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board; (Bioteknologinemnda)
- Negotiation for lawyers, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
- Ethics, international political theory, Harvard university
- Business ethics, Norwegian Business School/Handelshøyskolen BI
- Moral and political philosophy, political theory, international legal theory, University of Oslo
Reviewer for various academic presses and journals
Expert and Panel member for the European Research Council and various national research councils
Regular workshops on applying to the European Research Council, at the University of Oslo, and for applicants from Central and Eastern Europe in cooperation with Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna.
Evaluation for professorships: Harvard University, Turku University, Saami University College, Freie Universität Berlin, Roskilde University;
Evaluator for Research projects: European Commission, European Research Council, Research councils in Finland, Flanders, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland; The Leverhulme Trust, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Riksbankens jubileumsfond, Thyssen Stiftung, Rockefeller Bellagio Centre.
Founding (Co)editor of 4 series with Cambridge University Press:
Themes in European Governance
Studies in European Politics
Studies on Human Rights Conventions
Studies on International Courts and Tribunals
Annual workshops with Norwegian judges on relevant international law, Oslo
2018 With state parties and European Commission: whether and how to establish a multilateral Investment Court.
2018 Workshop: judges of the European Court of Human Rights meet researchers, Strasbourg
2015-2021 The Council for Animal Ethics
2014 with lawyers for prisoner, Guantanamo bay, Oslo and Washington DC
2011 with parties to the constitution writing of Nepal, and Nepali judiciary, on federalism, human rights and minority protection, Kathmandu, in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy.
2004-2011 Member of the Council on Ethics, Norwegian Pension Fund
1999-2001 Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board
Meetings with members of Norwegian Parliament on topics including the EU Charter on Human Right, UNICEF, the teaching of Christianity in public schools,
Meetings with Norwegian ministries and directorates, on dual citizenship legislation, EU and democracy, professional ethics for government lawyers, integration
Cited inter alia in Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Nepal News, Katmandu Post, and Korea Money Today.
2013-2023 PluriCourts Research Council of Norway (RCN) approx EUR 19 000 000
2011-2016 MultiRights ERC Advanced Grant,
matched from Ministry of research EUR 5 400 000
2009-2012 Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions?
Centre for Advanced Study & RCN for 2 Post-Docs EUR 730 000
2007-2010 Nordic Graduate School in Human Rights,
Nordic research councils EUR 160 000
2002-2003 Fulbright New Century Scholar USD 41 500 EUR 50 000
1983-1984 Fulbright Fellowship
>80 articles, >90 chapters, editor of >25 books/special issues.