Math Noortmann


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Math Noortmann joined Coventry University in November 2014. Before that he taught and researched at Universities in the Netherlands, Singapore, Germany, and the UK. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law (university of Utrecht) and a M.Sc. in Political Science (VU University Amsterdam).   He Chaired the Non-State Actor Committee of the International Law Association and convened the International law Working group of the British International Studies Association. He initiated and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Routledge series on Non-State actors in Global Governance. He participates on various advisory and editorial boards. He has led several educational and training projects in Indonesia, China and Central and Eastern Europe. He has lead fundsed research projects on maritime security, illegal fishing and scenario planning for law enforcment organiusations. He co-operates with academic and non academic institutions in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Singapore, Indonesia and South-Africa. His 


Research Interests

International law, transnational relations, human dignity, private security, global governance, multilateralism and non-staste actors, in particular non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations, the phyliodoply of international law, espacially critical realism, arts-based research methods. 

Vision Statement


Our life world is a complex socio-political environment in which we hold different normative worldviews. Aspiring to understand and explain our global disagreements and conflicts, I critically engage popular and one-dimensional explanations of those conflicts and question easy solutions. As an academic and as a responsible citizen I have the obligation to interrogate the solutions that we come up with. I seek to comprehend the (dis)entanglement of law and politics. I try to understand why states and non-state actors fail to interact in accordance with established norms and principles and explain it in a manner that might contribute to a process of transformative normative change.

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, MSc, VU University Amsterdam


Award Date: 1 Sep 2007

(international) law, Doctorate, University of Utrecht

Award Date: 15 Aug 1997

External positions

Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University

2016 → …


  • KZ Law of Nations
  • Jurisprudence
  • Philosophy
  • Legal History
  • JX International law
  • use of force
  • state responsibility
  • United Nations
  • JZ International relations
  • transnationalism
  • Non-State Armed Groups
  • private security
  • JC Political theory
  • critical realism


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