Nottingham International Law and Security Centre
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Welcome to the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre

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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
  • terrorism
  • 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?

Related research

NILSC is building a series of formal and informal links with research centres in other universities and institutions. These are:



Professor Nigel White is a Visiting Professor at Kobe University, Japan

Teaching aspects of UN Law with a focus on Peacekeeping law and practice.
18 November 2019

Dr Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg speaks on decision-making processes of the International Court of Justice

On 5 October 2019, Dr Klara Polackova Van der Ploeg presented at the 12th Czecho-Slovak International Legal Symposium in Kromeriz, Czech Republic.
10 October 2019


There are currently no upcoming events.


Nottingham International Law and Security Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 951 5732/5694