Positions and education

  • Professor, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo (1998‐)
  • Co-director of PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order, University of Oslo (2013 -)
  • Director, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo (2004‐08)
  • Professor II, University of Tromsø (2002‐04)
  • Judge Tromsø City Court, 1989‐90 and Judge Hålogaland Appeals Court, Fall 1990
  • Dr. juris, University of Oslo, 1995
  • Cand. jur., University of Oslo, 1976

Professional activities

  • Principal investigator in the European Science Foundation project International Law through the National Prism: the Impact of Judicial Dialogue, subproject The Interaction between National Courts and the European Court of Human Rights ( Head of Legal Research Team in the European Research Council project MultiRights (
  • Director of two work packages in the project “Detection Technologies, Terrorism, Ethics, and Human Rights (DETECTER)” (, EU 7th Framework Programme (2009-2011)
  • Co‐director (with Andreas Føllesdal) of the inter‐disciplinary project “Should States Ratify Human Rights Conventions?” at the Norwegian Center for Advanced Study (
  • Visiting Professor, Paris I (Sorbonne) (2008‐2009)
  • Chair, Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) (2004‐08)
  • Vice‐President, Norwegian Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) (2001‐). Member of the International Law Association Committees on Human Rights Law and Practice and on International Law on Sustainable Development
  • Member of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union) Commission on Environmental Law (2001‐)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Nordic Journal of International Law (2003‐)
  • Chair of the Steering Committee on Environmental Law, Norwegian Research Council (1996‐2003)
  • Leader of the Nordic Research Network for Saami Law and Environmental Law (NorFa) (2002‐04)
  • Visiting Professor, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and Public International Law, Heidelberg, Fall 2003
  • Leader of the Committee to prepare Master of Law studies at the Law Faculty, University of Oslo (2002‐2003)
  • Vice‐Dean for Research, Law Faculty, University of Oslo, Fall 2002
  • Deputy Director, Department of Public and International Law (2002‐04)
  • Co-Editor-in-Chief, Yearbook of International Environmental Law (2001-03)( Oxford University Press
  • Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law and Research Associate, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (1998‐99)
  • Visiting lecturer, Centre d’Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires, Aix‐en‐Provence (1991)
  • Visiting scholar, Institute for Marine Studies, University of Washington, 1985