Curriculum Vitae

Andreas Føllesdal


1991 PhD Philosophy Department, Harvard University (Fulbright Scholar). Dissertation: The Normative Significance of State Borders (Advisors: philosophers John Rawls and TM Scanlon, and for certain chapters 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   ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy, University of Oslo

1994-2005   Research ProfessorCoordinator, 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).

1985-1991 Assistant Senior Tutor, Currier House, Harvard University (part time)

Research projects

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.

Prizes, Memberships

2021     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

1990-1991 Graduate Fellowship, Harvard Program on Ethics and the Professions, Kennedy School of Government

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)



Academic Service

Reviewer for various academic presses and journals

Journal editorial boards: European Political ScienceEuropean Union Politics (-2018), Living Reviews in DemocracyJournal of Social Philosophy, Teoria PoliticaResearch and Politics.

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: Freie Universität Berlin, Harvard University, Roskilde University, Saami University College, Turku University,  UiT Arctic University of Norway, University of Oslo;

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

Science Diplomacy

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.

Grants/Funding CV

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

1990-1991       Graduate Fellowship, Harvard Program on Ethics and the Professions,               Kennedy School of Government

1983-1984        Fulbright Fellowship for PhD studies at Harvard University

1982-1985        PhD Fellowship, University of Uppsala, Sweden

Presentations [Here]

Publications [Here]

>80 articles, >90 chapters, editor of  >25 books/special issues.