Gregor Noll


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Law


  • Juridicum, Migration Law, Public International Law, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law, Human Rights, Refugee Law, Legal History, Legal Theory, International Law


Professor Gregor Noll's main areas of research are international refugee and migration law, human rights law, the theory of international law and international humanitarian law. Currently, he is working on how neurotechnology, robotics and AI impact on international humanitarian law and human rights law and he considers how our ontological history impacts our way of operationalizing international law.

In 2006, Professor Noll was appointed to the chair of international law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. His current research is on refugee and migration law, the theory of international law and the use of force. Until September 2002, he served as Research Director and Deputy Director General at the Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the director of the Refugee Research Programme, based at the Danish Institute for Human Rights within the framework of a collaborative agreement with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Professor Noll has been the editor-in-chief of the Nordic Journal of International Law (2000-2006) and is a board member of the Journal of Refugee Studies. He has taught international law, human rights law and refugee law at graduate and postgraduate levels in a variety of contexts. In 2000, he published his doctoral thesis on the compliance of the asylum acquis with norms of international law (Negotiating Asylum, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague). He also authored a number of articles, inter alia on the theory of human rights, the use of force as well as on the concept of security in international law, the problem of gender and persecution, democracy theory and refugee law as well as the return of rejected asylum seekers.

In 2005, Professor Noll concluded a multiannual research project on evidentiary assessment in refugee law, which resulted in an edited volume (G. Noll , ed., Proof, Evidentiary Assessment and Credibility in Asylum Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston 2005). A previous edited volume ("New Asylum Countries", Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2002, co-edited with Professor Rosemary Byrne and Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen) deals with the effects of the EU enlargement process on the asylum systems in the new EU Member States. Dr. Noll is also the main author of the 2002 European Commission Study on Protected Entry Procedures.


In principle, I am available as a supervisor for Masters' theses (both within the Masters of International Law-programmes and the Swedish LL M programme at the Faculty of Law in Lund). For contractual reasons, I can only assume supervisory responsibilities for very few thesis projects.

I am interested in supervising thesis projects within the following areas:
1. Recent Developments in the International Law on the Use of Force
2. Art 31 of the 1951 Refugee Convention
3. The Regulation of Trade and Migration in International Law

If you feel that your topic falls into this categories, please mail me at

Please observe that candidates must be registered in the programmes mentioned above. Theses must be written in English.

Recent research outputs

Gregor Noll, 2018, (Accepted/In press) The European Union: Facing the Challenge of Multiple Security Threats. Bakardjieva-Engelbrekt, A., Michalski, A., Nilsson, N. & Oxelheim, L. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Gregor Noll, 2017, Festskrift till Christina Moëll. Tjernberg, M., Rendahl, P. & Wenander, H. (eds.). Lund: Juristförlaget i Lund, p. 291-302 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Gregor Noll, 2017, The Law of International Lawyers. Reading Martti Koskenniemi. Werner, W., de Hoon, M. & Galan, A. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 20-38 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

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