I am currently writing a PhD with the title "The Ecosystem Approach in International Fisheries Law: Evaluating the role and potential of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations".
The aim of the project is to examine how the ecosystem approach to fisheries is implemented within the framework of the different Tuna-RFMOs, whether there has been a development of the ecosystem approach to fisheries within these RFMOs, if the ecosystem approach to fisheries is implemented in decision-making and compliance mechanisms and how successful these RFMOs are with regard to the protection of marine ecosystems.
My general research interests focus on several areas of law, including the law of the sea, environmental law, international human rights law and public international law.
My most immediate research interests are located at the intersection of critical theory, law and ecology, with particular focus on international environmental law and ecosystem governance. I am particularly interested in genealogy as a method of critical legal analysis, and in biopolitics as a theoretical register for reading environmental law.
Current research focuses on 1) ocean commons, both at the theoretical level and in relation the new treaty on marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction and on the interaction between space law and law of the sea 2) on critical histories of sovereignty and (international) legal modernity more broadly 3) on critical legal ocean studies, with increasing focus on critical legal geography.
I am currently Principal Investigator for a project funded by the Norwegian Research Council called "Future Arctic Law and Governance (FALG)".
I am also one of the Principal Investigators in the NCLOS AURORA Center, where I lead the research on Ocean Commons
I also particiopate, in various capacites, to other projects: as Work Package leader (FRAM Center project SUDARCO and Norwegian Research Council project DOGA), and as project member (FRAM Center project CLEAN, and EU Horizon project B-USEFUL)
In 2015 I have been awarded the Annual Richard Macrory Prize for best article in the Journal of Environmental Law (Oxford University Press) for 2015. In 2019 I have been awarded an Honorary Mention from the same prize.
The Law of the Sea, International Human Rights Law, Indigenous Peoples' Law, Critical legal theories focusing on the Third World approaches to international law (TWAIL), Peace and Conflict Studies, Restorative Justice, and Ethiopian company and competition law.