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Henrik Syse


Henrik Syse

Professor Henrik Syse is a man of many traits; philosopher, author, researcher, lecturer and public speaker. He is a Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Oslo Nye University College, Research Professor at the world renowned Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Chief Co-Editor of the Journal of Military Ethics. 

For a full six-year term (2015-20), Henrik was a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, serving as its Vice Chair for the last four years of that term. The Committee awards the prestigious annual Nobel Peace Prize. Henrik is a highly acclaimed speaker and travel extensively in Norway and abroad. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007. He has also worked as Head of Corporate Governance at Norges Bank Investment Management (2005-07), where he helped start the group within the bank that works on ownership, governance, and ethics for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. He has also held academic positions at the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Defense College. 

Henrik’s areas of research range from moral philosophy, political philosophy, and ethics of war to the relationship between religion and the use of military power and business ethics. Henrik holds a MA from the University of Boston and a PhD from the University of Oslo. He has published extensively and some of his work include, What we say to each other: On thought, speech and tolerance (2015) Religion, War and Ethics (2014), Ethics, Nationalism and Just War (2007), The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (2006) as well as numerous articles, monographs, book chapters, reports and media pieces. See his full publication list here https://www.prio.org/people/3469

At Oslo Nye University College, Henrik teaches Ethics of War and Peace. During his period as a member of the Nobel Committee he taught a cutting edge course on the Nobel Peace Prize, the only one in the world taught by a sitting member of the Nobel Committee!

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