Professor Jan Klabbers named Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professor

8 Nov 2012

The Academy of Finland has appointed Jan Klabbers as the first Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professor. Klabbers is Professor of International Law at the University of Helsinki. The Academy-funded five-year Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship in peace research and international conflict management research was open for application earlier this year and attracted a total of 15 candidates.

Professor Klabbers is an internationally recognised and noted legal scholar. The reviewers who evaluated the candidates felt that Klabbers, in the capacity of an Academy Professor, is well poised to make a significant contribution to the area of peace research and conflict management.

Currently, the Academy funds 41 Academy Professors at different universities and research institutes. The aim of Academy Professor funding is to facilitate full-time scientific research for internationally top-level researchers. The successful candidate is expected to have an ability to contribute to the progress of his or her own field.

During his Academy Professorship, Klabbers will work to advance the ethics behind global governance, concentrating on the professional roles of key actors in governance and thereby establishing a form of virtue ethics for global governance.

Traditionally, the ethics of global governance has been understood also as the ethics of international policy. International law is studied from many different angles, though none of them is particularly focused on the principles of ethics.

However, there have been similar projects carried out in other contexts. Virtue ethics has been applied to decision-making in businesses, for instance, and to the methods of public policy-making. Ethics scholars engaged in this tradition have applied virtue ethics to a number of professions, from healthcare professionals to lawyers and judges.

Jan Klabbers received his doctorate in law from the University of Amsterdam in 1996 and started at the University of Helsinki that same year. He is very active in the international arena and has had a number of visiting professorships and research spells abroad. Besides the US, Switzerland and France, he has given lectures in, for instance, the UK, China and Japan.

Klabbers has been recognised for his many national and international positions of trust and he has received several prizes. His long list of publications includes 235 articles in either English or Dutch. His articles have been published in many high-ranking international science journals and he regularly gives presentations on his findings at international conferences. In 2006–2011, Klabbers was Director of the Academy of Finland’s Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research.

More information: Vice President for Research, Marja Makarow, tel. +358 29 533 5002, and Director Liisa Hakamies-Blomqvist (Culture and Society Research Unit), tel. +358 29 533 5016

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