Alumni Senior Fellow

Prof. Noemi Gal-Or, Ph.D., LL.B.

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Prof. Noemi Gal-Or joined Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research as a Senior Fellow. She conducted her research in Research Unit 3 “Global Governance Revisited” from October 2013 to April 2014.

Research Project at the Centre

Global Governance in Flux: Justice Institutions, International Responsibility, and Cultural Diversity

Noemi Gal-Or’s research explores the nature and role of justice in a global world order. Building on previous work in the areas of security, trade and investment, dispute settlement, regional integration, migration, and gender, Gal-Or is focusing on variations in notions of justice and institutional justice arrangements. She examines the distinction between terms such as accountability and responsibility, and transnationalism and internationalism, and explores their legal versus political meanings. The central subjects of inquiry are non-state actors - international organisations, multinational enterprises, and armed organised groups. In the course of this exploration, the boundaries separating, but also the interface joining, the disciplines of international relations and law are being elucidated.

Research Interests

  • International Law and Organisations (Alternative Dispute Settlement, Courts & Tribunals (Arbitration, ICC), International Responsibility, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, R2P, Trade & Investment)
  • International Political Economy & Regional and International Integration
  • Conflict Management and Resolution (General, Global & Regional, Western Europe, Middle East, Africa, Ethnic Conflict)
  • Political Violence & Terrorism
  • Migration, Immigration Management & Policy, Political & Social Movements, Religion & Politics
  • Women in Politics & Law

Current Projects

  • Law and Politics of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Court with an African Focus
  • The International Responsibility of Non-State Actors
  • The African Union and the Responsibility to Protect
  • Uni- versus Multi/Trans-cultural Approaches to International Law


Since 2002 Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Canada (CA)
Institute for Transborder Studies (ITS)
Since 1991 Kwantlen Polytechnic University, CA
Political Science Department
Professor of Politics and International Law
2001-2004 Kwantlen University College, CA
Political Science Department
1999 Law Society of British Columbia, CA
Called to the Bar
1998 University of British Columbia, CA
1990-1991 Simon Fraser University, CA
Department of Sociology
Visiting Professor
1988-1990 University of British Columbia, CA
Department of Political Science
Visiting Professor
1987-1988 Haifa University, Israel
Department of Political Science
1985-1987 Beit Berl Ideological, Educational & Research Centre, Israel
Assistant to Academic Head
Training Program Department
1985 Histadrut Trade Union, Israel
Economic and Social Research Institute
Research Associate
1983-1984 Tel Aviv University, Israel
Department of Political Science
1982 The Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland
PhD Political Science
Maîtres de thèse: Profs. L. Caflisch & J. Siotis

Selected Publications

Gal-Or, Noemi (under consideration for publication): Observation on R2P in Africa

Noemi Gal-Or / Math Noortmann / Cedric Ryngaert (eds.) (forthcoming 2014): Responsibilities of the Non-State Actor in Armed Conflict and the Market Place: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings

Gal-Or, Noemi / Francis Kofi Abiew (forthcoming 2014): International Responsibility of the NSA in International Law: Is there a Case for a Multi-cultural Approach? in: Noemi Gal-Or, Math Noortmann, Cedric Ryngaert (eds.): Responsibilities of the Non-State Actor in Armed Conflict and the Market Place: Theoretical Considerations and Empirical Findings

Gal-Or, Noemi et al. (eds.) (forthcoming 2014): Conflict Resolution, Cambridge Scholars Publishing (CSP)

Gal-Or, Noemi (forthcoming 2013): Global Terrorism, in: Michael Wood and Noam Lubell (eds.): Aggression and the Use of Force in International Law, Oxford UP

Gal-Or, Noemi / Francis Kofi Abiew (forthcoming 2013): Libya, Intervention, and Responsibility: The Dawn of a New Era?, in: Carsten Stahn and Henning Melber (eds.): Peace Diplomacy, Global Justice and International Agency: Rethinking Human Security and Ethics in the Spirit of Dag Hammarskjold, Cambridge: Cambridge UP

Gal-Or, Noemi (forthcoming 2013): Response contribution in “The 2013 Question on Democracy and Legitimacy. La question de 2013 relative à la démocratie et à la légitimité», FORUM, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law

Gal-Or, Noemi (2013): Responsibility of the WTO for Breach of an International Obligation under the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations, in: John H. Currie (ed.): Canadian Yearbook of International Law, UBC Press, Vol. 50

Gal-Or, Noemi (2013): Let’s Debate: State and Religious Freedoms in Canadian Democracy, Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law / Revue de droit parlementaire et politique, VII (2)

Gal-Or, Noemi (2013): Religion and Human Rights, John Witte Jr. and M. Christian Green (eds.), Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, The Round Table, invited book review

Gal-Or, Noemi (2013): Global Trade Law, Academic Foresights, No. 7: January-March

Gal-Or, Noemi (2012): Terrorism, the Non-State Actor, and the Dictum of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in its 2011 Interlocutory Decision, The 2011 Hague Yearbook of International Law

Gal-Or, Noemi (2012): The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and International Trusteeship: Plus ça change plus ça reste la même chose?, in: Ursula Mathis-Moser (ed.): Responsibility to Protect. Peacekeeping, Diplomacy, Media, and Literature Responding to Humanitarian Challenges, Innsbruck, Innsbruck UP (iup)

Gal-Or, Noemi / Cedric Ryngaert (2012): From Theory to Practice - Exploring the Relevance of the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations (DARIO): The Responsibility of the WTO and the UN, German Law Journal, 13 (5)

Gal-Or, Noemi / Michael Strauss (2012): The Shab’a Farms: A Geopolitical ‘Who’s on First?’, Border Regions in Transition (BRIT XI), The Mobile Borders, Proceedings

Gal-Or, Noemi / Klaus-Gerd Giesen (eds.) (2007): “The Concept of War”, Special Issue, Peace Review, A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 19, No. 2

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Courses on: States, Markets, Globalization: International Political Economy; Politics of Continental Integration; Public International Law; European Integration; Comparative Border Regions and Trans-border Politics; Foreign Policies of the Major Powers; War, Crime, and Violence: Contemporary Political Conflict; Issues in Public Policy and Administration; Selected Topics in International Politics; and introductory courses to: Political Science, Global Politics, and Comparative Politics
  • Various Positions at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, Haifa University and Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • Past Positions as Visiting Professor in Portugal, Germany, USA, Argentina, and Canada

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Member Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Intervener team on behalf of the CBA in Kazemi et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran et al. S.C.C, 2013-2014
  • Manuscript referee for: Oxford University Press; Canadian Journal of Political Science; Leiden Journal of International Law; St Antony's (Ox) International Review (STAIR)
  • Practicing lawyer in Canadian and International Law
  • 1991-93: Solicitor General of Canada: Research
  • 1992: RCMP, Vancouver: Workshop, Annual Seminar on Terrorism
  • 1983-88: Israeli National Security Academy: Lecturing and Tutoring

Seminars and Conferences

  • "Shared Responsibility and Organised Non-State Actors", Joint seminar of the University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Center for International Law, SHARES Project), KU Leuven (Centre for Global Governance Studies), and Utrecht University (Utracht Center for Accountability and Liability Law), Utrecht, NL, December 2013
  • "Contemporary Actors and Their Actions: A New Look at the Formation of International Law", Candian Council of International Law, 42nd Annual Conference, Ottawa, ON, November 2013
  • "Non-State Actor Responsibilities: Empirical Findings and Theoretical Considerations", Joint International Conference of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Institute for Transborder Studies (ITS) and Political Science Department, the Non-State Actor Committee of the International Law Association, International Law Association – Canada, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies at the Catholic University Leuven, the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research Belgium, and Oxford Brookes University, Richmond, BC, June 2013
  • "Savoirs sans Frontères", 81st Annual ACFAS, Colloquium on Terrorism and Violence, Laval University, Quebec City, QC, May 2013
  • "The Politics of International Diffusion: Regional and Global Dimensions", 2013 International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA, Apr 2013
  • "Forging Trans-Pacific Cooperation for a New Energy Era", Pacific Energy Summit, invitation-only gathering of high-level stakeholders, Vancouver, BC, Apr 2013
  • "Religion in a Multicultural Society", the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ), Swiss Institute for Comparative Law (SICL), Lausanne, Switzerland, Oct-Nov 2012
  • "Beyond the Border: Making the Action Plan Work For You", Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver, BC, Oct 2012
  • "Law for a Peaceful World", the 75th Biennial Conference of the International Law Association, Sofia, Bulgaria, Aug 2012
  • "Protecting Civilians in Libya: Humanitarian Intervention or Responsibility to Protect?", Lecture, Instituto Suprtior de Ciências, Sociais e Politicas, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Portugal, May 2012
  • "Non-State Actor in International Law", Forth Seminar, Non-State Actor Committee, International law Association, Leuven, Belgium, Feb 2012
  • "Twenty Years of Western Military Intervention: Protecting Whose Right(s)?", 28th Political Studies Students? Conference, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg MA, Feb 2012
  • "Protecting Civilians in Libya: Endgame?", Political Student Society Kwantlen & Institute for Transborder Studies, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC, Jan 2012


  • Communications Officer: Executive, National International Law Section (NILS), Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Canadian International Lawyer (semi-annual journal); International Law Bulletin (newsletter), NILS CBA
  • Trade and Investment, & International Dispute Resolution, Committees, NILS CBA
  • Joint Committee on Anti-Corruption (CBA-ACT), CBA
  • Director & VP-Research: International Law Association (ILA) - Canada
  • Non State Actor & Use of Force, & Feminism & International Law, Committees, ILA
  • Board Member for Canada: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ)
  • Vice-Chair: UN21 Study Group, American Society of International Law
  • Board Director: American Chamber of Commerce Canada - Pacific Region
  • Arbitral Women
  • KPU Representative: Canadian Academics Without Borders (CAWB)
  • Association of Borderland Studies
  • Board member: Dunbar Residents Association, Vancouver
  • Canadian Academics for Peace in the Middle East


  • 2008-2012: Recipient, various internal KPU research grants
  • 2012: Collaborator, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Metropolis Project, Pathways to Prosperity Partnership
  • 2008: Canadian leading researcher, trilateral (CA-US-MX) project Establishing a North American Permanent Exchange Network for Building Transborder Resilience Capacities, Canada Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, North American Linkages Program
  • 2008: Participant-referee, Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) five-year research community, grant holders Prof. Jan Wouters and Dr. Cedric Ryngaert, Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Belgium
  • 2007: Participant applicant, SSHRC Conference Grant, North American and European Border Regions in Comparative Perspective: Markets, States and Border Communities, Border Regions in Transition IX, January 12 - 15, 2008, Victoria, BC/Bellingham, WA
  • 2004-07: Jean Monnet Project, European Module, Visiting Professor in European Integration, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture
  • 2004-05: Principal recipient, SSHRC, Strategic Research Cluster Design Grant on Comparative Dispute Resolution in Bilateral, Regional, and Multilateral Trade & Investment Agreements

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