"The Committee of Non-State Actors of the International Law Association (ILA), The Institute for Transborder Studies (ITS) at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, Oxford Brookes University, in collaboration with the ILA-Canada, the Flemish Scientific Research Fund (FWO, 'the network'), and the Canadian Bar Association-British Columbia Branch are acknowledged for their support and sponsorship of the Conference on The Responsibilities of Non-State Actors in International Law, held at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 27-28 June 2013, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada at which the papers in this anthology were first presented and discussed."
in: Noortmann, Math (2011) The International Law Association and Non-State Actors: professional network, public interest group or epistemic community? in D'Aspremont, Jean, Participants in the International Legal System: Theoretical Perspectives, Routledge, London, 233.
in: Noortmann, Math (2011) Aufständische Gruppen und Militärische Privateunternehmen: Theoretische und Praktische Überlegungen zur Position der Nicht-staatlich Bewaffneten Gruppen im Humanitären Völkerrecht, in Heintzte, H.J. & K. Ipsen (eds.) 60 Jahre Genfer Konventionen, Bochumer Schriften zur Frieden
Non-state actors have always been treated with ambivalence in the works of international law. While their empirical existence is widely acknowledged and their impact and influence uncontested, non-state actors are still not in the centre of international legal research. The idea that non-state actors are not law-makers, however, stands in sharp contrast with the growing notion of non-state actors as law-takers. This book examines the position of non-state actors in international law as law-makers and law-takers and questions whether these different positions can or should be separated from each other. Each contribution reveals both the political and normative aspects of the question as well as the positivistic possibilities and constraints to accommodate non-state actors as law-takers and law-makers in the contemporary international legal system. Altogether, each expert reveals that the position of non-state actors in international law is not a fixed one but changes with the functional and theoretical perspectives of the observer. Non-State Actor Dynamics in International Law is a welcomed addition to an under researched field of legal study. An indispensable read to scholars and policy makers wishing to gain new insights into general discourse on non-state actors in international law and the process of norm formation in the international realm. -- Back cover.