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Professor of Transnational Law and Non State Actors, Coventry University

Math Noortmann joined the Center for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in November 2014. Before that he taught and researched at Universities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, and the UK. Holding a Ph.D. in International Law and a M.Sc. in Political Science, his research combines the knowledge and understanding of international politics and public international law. Within the CTPSR, he leads the Research Cluster on Armed Violence and Illicit Activities and researches the roles, rights and responsibilities of non-state actors from the perspective of law and politics.

His research comprehends the whole spectrum of non-state actors, including armed opposition groups, transnational criminal organizations, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and business (including security contractors). He has worked with and within non-governmental organizations in the fields of environment, development and humanitarian aid.

As a research professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors, Math Noortmann critically investigates the rights and responsibilities of these non-state actors and their role(s) in transnational security governance. In particularly, he addresses the delicate balance between the need for societal security and order, and protection of human dignity through the rule of law.


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    Professor of Transnational Law and Non State Actors, Coventry University