Nottingham International Law and Security Centre
The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) was established in January 2013 in the School of Law. Its aim is to enhance the existing research capability in public international law, with a focus on international law and security.
Of the many challenges facing society 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:
- depletion of natural resources
- environmental degradation
- food shortages
- breaches of personal and human security
- 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.
Key aims and expertise
The area of research covered by NILSC encompasses issues of human, political, military, socio-economic, resources and energy security.
These raise 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?
NILSC is building a series of formal and informal links with research centres in other universities and institutions. These are:
- Professor Nigel White gave a presentation on 'The U.N., Great Power Governance and Nuclear Deterrence' on 15 April 2019 at a Nuclear Disarmament Colloquium organised by The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Geneva.
- 16 April 2019
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The centre is part of the University's Research Priority Areas - Rights and Justice.