My main areas of research are international refugee and migration law, human rights
law, the theory of international law and international humanitarian law. 

Currently, I am particularly interested in the following issues: 

1) How do neurotechnology, robotics and AI impact on international humanitarian law and
human rights law? 

2) How does our ontological history impact our way of operationalizing international law?

Online Comment and Podcasts


Creation, imagination, speculation: age assessment and the asylum procedure (2014)

Listen to the 5 March seminar by Professor Gregor Noll, part of the Hilary term...


Articles and Reports

Weaponising Neurotechnology: International Humanitarian Law and the Loss of Language, London Review of International Law (2014)

In the past years, research on military applications of neuroscience has grown in sophistication. We...



Analogy at War: Proportionality, Equality and the Law of Targeting, Netherlands Yearbook of International Law (2013)

This text is an inquiry into how the international community is understood in and through...



Why Human Rights Fail to Protect Undocumented Migrants, European Journal of Migration and Law (2010)

In this article, I depart from the factual difficulties of undocumented migrants to access a...



Parrhēsia and Credibility: The Sovereign of Refugee Status Determination (with Jennifer Beard), Social and Legal Studies (2009)

This article is concerned with the correlation between credibility and the concept of sovereignty in...



The Miracle of Generative Violence? René Girard and the Use of Force in International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law (2008)

In this article, I apply Rene´ Girard’s theory of generative violence to the international law...


Contributions to Books


International Criminal Justice, the Gotovina Judgment and the Making of Refugees (with Rosemary Byrne), Protecting the Rights of Others. Festskrift til Jens Vedsted-Hansen (2013)

In this paper, we shall present two interlocking arguments, both drawing on a distinction between...

Article 31, The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol. A Commentar (2011)

Article 31 remains a vital provision of the 1951 Convention as much as an uneasy...



The 2007 Rejection of Anonymous Language Analysis by the Swedish Migration Court of Appeal: A Precedent?, Language and Origin. The Role of Language in European Asylum Procedures: Linguistic and Legal Perspectives (2010)


Sacrificial Violence and Targeting in International Humanitarian Law, Law at War: The Law as It Was and the Law as It Should Be. Liber Amicorum Ove Bring (2008)

Drawing on the work of René Girard, his text inquires into incidental and lawful losses...



The Asylum System, Migrant Networks and the Informal Labour Market, Swedish Studies in European Law (2008)

Governments attempting to regulate labour markets and control immigration are confronted with difficult questions. In...


Media Comment and Unpublished Papers


Junk Science? Four Arguments Against the Radiological Age Assessment of Unaccompanied Minors Seeking Asylum (2015)

Should radiological age assessment at all be considered as a means to alleviate the doubts...



Svåra problem med åldersbedömningen, InfoTorg Juridik (2014)

This text argues that radiological age assessments of Afghani and Somali youths are scientifically wanting...