University of Leeds
School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)
Lecturer in International Relations and International Law
9/2018 - 12/2019
University of Copenhagen
Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), Faculty of Law
Marie Curie Fellow
03/2017 - 08/2018
University of Gothenburg
School of Global Studies
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Project at the Centre
Processes of (De-)Legitimation through Law: Understanding Communities of International Legal Practice and the Proposal to Criminalize Ecocide
Within the International Relations literature on legitimation and delegitimation in global governance, specifically legal legitimation narratives, alongside the legal practitioners who often propose them, have received relatively little attention. To better understand the legal dimension of (de-)legitimation, this project focuses on the role of international lawyers as protagonists of processes of (de-)legitimation, specifically with regard to international criminal courts. How and with what consequences have international lawyers been engaged in the (de-)legitimation of these courts? And through which processes, and with what implications, has the protection of the environment and climate change been constructed as a legitimate concern within international criminal justice in recent years, culminating in proposals to include ecocide as an international crime within the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court?
Bexell, Magdalena, Karin Bäckstrand, Farsan Ghassim, Catia Gregoratti, Kristina Jönsson, Fredrik Söderbaum, Nora Stappert, and Anders Uhlin (2022). 'The Politics of (De)legitimation in Global Governance: A Theoretical Framework', in Magdalena Bexell, Kristina Jönsson, and Anders Uhlin (eds.), Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance: Practices, Justifications, and Audiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Stappert, Nora, and Catia Gregoratti (2022). 'The Self-Legitimation of Global Governance Institutions: A Comparative Overview of Normative Justifications in Global Governance,' in Magdalena Bexell, Kristina Jönsson, and Anders Uhlin (eds.), Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance: Practices, Justifications, and Audiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Gregoratti, Catia, Nora Stappert, and Fredrik Söderbaum (2022). 'Justifying Delegitimation: African Critiques of Global Governance Institutions,' in Magdalena Bexell, Kristina Jönsson, and Anders Uhlin (eds.), Legitimation and Delegitimation in Global Governance: Practices, Justifications, and Audiences. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Anderson, Emma-Louise, et al. (2022). 'Editorial: British Political Studies and the Politics of Global Challenges,' British Journal of Politics and International Relations 24(1): 3–10.
Bexell, Magdalena, Kristina Jönsson, and Nora Stappert (2021). 'Whose Legitimacy Beliefs Count? Targeted Audiences in Global Governance Legitimation Processes,' Journal of International Relations and Development 24(2): 483–508.
Stappert, Nora (2020). 'Practice Theory and Change in International Law: Theorizing the Development of Legal Meaning Through the Interpretive Practices of International Criminal Courts,' International Theory 12(1): 33–58.
Stappert, Nora (2020). 'The Art of Aiming at a Moving Target: A Critique of Lechner and Frost’s Practice Theory and International Relations,' Global Constitutionalism 9(1): 183–198.
Stappert, Nora (2019). 'Behind the Scenes of Legal Interpretation: Interpretive Practices at the International Criminal Court', iCourts Working Paper Series, no. 186: 1–36, available at papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm.
Stappert, Nora (2018). 'A New Influence of Legal Scholars? The Use of Academic Writings at International Criminal Courts and Tribunals,' Leiden Journal of International Law 31(4): 963–980.