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Dr. Math Noortmann

Professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors

My 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 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 resolutions 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 change.


Math Noortmann joined the Centre 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. He holds a PhD in International Law (University of Utrecht) and a MSc in Political Science (VU University Amsterdam). He Chairs the Non-State Actor Committee of the International Llaw Association and Convenes the International law Working group of the British International Studies Association. He initiated and is the Editor in Chief of the Ashgate series on Non-State actors in International Law, Politics and Governance. He participates on various advisory and editorial boards. Before he became a full-time academic, he was the project coordinator for of an environmental project in Romania. As an academic, he led several educational and training projects in Indonesia, China and Central and Eastern Europe. Currently, he participates in international projects with partners in The Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Indonesia and various countries in Europe.


  • Sven Peterke & Noortmann, Math (2015) Transnationale kriminelle Organisationen im Völkerrecht: Mehr als Outlaws? in 53 (1) Archiv des Völkerrechts, 1
  • Noortmann Math (2015) Non-Governmental Organizations: Recognition, Roles, Rights and Responsibilities in Noortmann, Math, August Reinisch and Cedric Ryngaert, Handbook on Non-State Actors in International Law, Hart, Oxford.
  • Noortmann, Math (2015) Transnational Law: Philip Jessup’s legacy and beyond  in Noortmann, Math, August Reinisch and Cedric Ryngaert,  Handbook on Non-State Actors in International Law, Hart, Oxford.
  • Noortmann, M. (2014) ‘Human Security, International Law and Non-State Actors; bringing complexity (back) in’. in Human Security, International Law and Non-State Actors. ed. by Ryngaert, C., and Noortmann, M. Antwerp: Intersentia
  • Noortmann, M. (2014) ‘ASEAN - Australian Counter-Terrorism Cooperation after Bali; a paradigm shift in security thinking or business as usual?’. in The Australia-ASEAN Dialogue; Tracing 40 Years of Partnership. ed. by Percival Wood, S., and He, B. New York: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Noortmann, M. (2011) ‘Towards an interdisciplinary approach to non-state participation in the formation of global law and order’. in Participants in the International Legal System Multiple Perspectives on Non-State Actors in International Law. ed. by d’Aspremont, J. Abingdon: Routledge, 76-81
  • Noortmann, M. (2011) ‘Aufständische Gruppen und Militärische Privateunternehmen: Theoretische und Praktische Überlegungen zur Position der Nicht-staatlich Bewaffneten Gruppen im Humanitären Völkerrecht’ [Insurgent groups and private military companies: Theoretical and Practical Considerations position of non-state armed groups in international humanitarian law]. in Heutige bewaffnete Konflikte als Herausforderungen an das humanitäre Völkerrecht; 20 Jahre Institut für Friedenssicherungsrecht und humanitäres Völkerrecht - 60 Jahre Genfer Abkommen [Today's armed conflicts as challenges to international humanitarian law; 20 years Department of Peacekeeping law and international humanitarian law - 60 years Geneva Convention]. ed. by Heintzte, H.J., and Ipsen, K. Berlin: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 187-199
  • Noortmann, M. (2006) ‘The Role of Civil Society in International Institutional Reform: Decreasing the Private by Increasing the Private’. in International Institutional Reform. ed. by Fijalkowski, A.A. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 320-328
  • Noortmann, M. (2007) ‘The Human Rights/Multinationals Problematic: Values, Values and Values. Does the Quality of Science Matter?’ Kritis Journal of Interdisciplinary Development Studies 19 (1) 1-11
  • Noortmann, M. (2002) ‘Globalization, Global Governance and Non-State Actors’. International Law FORUM de Droit International 4 (1), 36-40.
  • Noortmann, M. (2014) Transnational Public-Private Partnerships: Handmaidens of Empire or Counter-Empire. Saarbrücken: Lambert Academic Publishers
  • Noortmann, M. (2015) ‘Non-Governmental Organizations: Recognition, Roles, Rights and Responsibilities’. in Handbook on Non-State Actors in International Law. ed. by Noortmann, M., Reinisch, A., and Ryngaert, C. Oxford: Hart
  • Noortmann, M. (2001) ‘Non-State Actors in International Law’. in Non-State Actors in International Relations. ed. by Reinalda, B., Noortmann, M., and Arts, B. Aldershot: Ashgate, 56


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