Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) was established in January 2013 in the School of Law in order to enhance the existing research capability in Public International Law with a focus on International Law and Security. Its work will focus on both human security and state security.
Of the many challenges that society faces today, possibly none is more acute than the security of ordinary citizens when faced with a variety of natural or man-made disasters arising from climate and geological catastrophes, including the depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation, food shortages, terrorism, breaches of personal security and human security, or even the global economic crisis.
States too are faced with an expanding range of security issues arising from contested territorial spaces, military and maritime security, cyber-security and security threats relating to energy, infrastructure and the delivery of essential services.
Areas of research
The area of research covered by NILSC encompasses issues of human, political, military, socio-economic, resources and energy security and raises a number of questions for international law, for example:
- To what extent can international law address the types of natural and man-made security risks and challenges that threaten our livelihood, or very existence, in the 21st century?
- Where does international law fall short in meeting the problems that arise in different situations of insecurity and how should such shortcomings be addressed?
- To what extent can international law accommodate both human and state security?