Prof. Dr. Math Noortmann



Dr. Math Noortmann

Professor in Transnational Law and Non-State Actors

Phone:  +44 7974984513

Skype: math_noortmann





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.

Mission Statement:

Our life world is a complex socio-political environment in which we hold different normative worldviews. Aspiring to understand and explain how these environments and views affect our global conflicts, I critically engage popular and one-dimensional explanations of conflict and question easy solutions. As an academic and as a responsible citizen, I am obliged to interrogate the resolutions that we come up with. By questioning what we think is just and fair, necessary and required, I seek to contribute to a thoughtful and intelligent dialogue.

Selected Outputs

  • Math Noortmann & Dawn Sedman (2016) Transnational Criminal Organizations and Human Rights, in Sven Peterke (ed) Oxford Handbook on Transnational Crime, Oxford: OUP.
  • Math Noortmann, (2015), Private Military and Security Companies: A transnational legal approach, in Kerstin Odendahl et al (eds), 100 Years of Peace through Law: Past and Future, Berlin: Dücker and Humboldt.
  • Gal-Or, Noemi; Math Noortmann and Cedric Ryngaert (eds) (2015) Responsibilities of the Non-State Actor in Armed Conflict and the Market Place: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings, Brill, The Hague.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations: Recognition, Roles, Rights and Responsibilities (2015) in Noortmann, Math, August Reinisch and Cedric Ryngaert (2015) Handbook on Non-State Actors in International Law, Hart, Oxford.
  • Noortmann, Math (2014) ASEAN – Australian Counter-Terrorism Cooperation after Bali; a paradigm shift in security thinking or business as usual? In Sally Percival Wood and Baogang He (eds.) 40 Years of Australia-ASEAN Partnership: Not Just Dialogue (Palgrave McMillan)
  • Noortmann, Math (2013) Human Security, International Law and Non-State Actors; bringing complexity (back) in, in Ryngaert, C., & Noortmann M. (eds.), Human Security, International Law and Non-State Actors, Antwerp: Intersentia.


  • D., International Law, University of Utrecht
  • Sc., Political Science, VU University Amsterdam
  • LLM International University of Utrecht