About

Mission

Norwegian Academy of International Law (NAIL) is a cosmopolitan community of senior researchers and fellows of international normative sciences. NAIL seeks to strengthen the knowledge infrastructure of public international law. Our mission is to promote and consolidate a Nordic perspective of international law of war and peace in a global world order based on the rule of international law.

NAIL is located in Norway,  a country with a century-long tradition of engagement to strengthen and consolidate an international legal order that prevents war and armed conflict, promotes peace, security and human rights. NAIL is firmly anchored in a Nordic perspective of international law.  We promote post-graduate courses, academic legal research, policy studies and expert meetings in which the Nordic approach and understanding of international law and justice relating to war and peace is relied on. Through close interaction with international organizations, NGOs, experts, and governments, NAIL seeks to actively participate in global discussions of international law and process that will shape our common future.

NAIL has the ambition to provide post-graduate education and training courses, conduct academic legal research and policy studies, and organize expert meetings. We focus on branches of international law that includes treaty law, international process, peace agreements, law relating to situations of armed conflict, arms and disarmament, and protection of human rights.

Fields of expertise

  • PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
    • Law of treaties
    • Customary law
  • INTERNATIONAL PROCEDURE / PROCESS.
    • Multilateral (Treaties)
    • Plurilateral (Dayton, Astana)
    • Bilateral (Peace-agreements)
  • USE OF FORCE
    • UN Charter
    • Military operations
    • Sanctions
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW (LAWS OF ARMED CONFLICT)
    • Protection of the victims of war
    • Conduct of hostilities
    • Weapons
  • INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
    • International conventions of human rights
    • Treaty-bodies, including international courts and the UN, The Council of Europe
    • Human rights in armed conflict
    • Human rights and business
  • DISARMAMENT
    • Weapons of mass destruction
    • Humanitarian disarmament
    • Exports control
  • ENFORCEMENT
    • Terror
    • Foreign fighters
    • International criminal law
    • Domestic law
  • THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
    • International security and securitisation
    • Institution building and international regimes
    • Multilateral diplomacy
    • Diplomatic history and strategy

Funding

In 2018, NAIL’s work has been generously supported by Norske leger mot atomvåpen, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand, and Norwegian People’s Aid.