Henrik Syse

Research Professor

Henrik Syse
Email: syse@prio.org
Work phone: 22 54 77 13
Mobile phone: 930 62 567
Twitter: @Henrik_Syse
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Research Interests

Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) since 1997, Former Head of Corporate Governance (2005-07) at Norges Bank Investment Management. He is Chief Editor of the Journal of Military Ethics and part-time Associate Professor at the Norwegian Defence University College. He has previously been a Fulbright fellow at Boston College, USA (1989-91), a Norwegian Research Council fellow at the University of Oslo (1992-97), a journal editor for the Norwegian political journal Tidens Tegn (1998-2000), member of the secretariat of the Norwegian Government Commission on Human Values (1998-2001), and a post-doc. fellow at the Ethics Program, the University of Oslo (2002-05). He has lectured and published widely on problems within moral philosophy, political philosophy, and the ethics of warfare. He has published a book on just war in Norwegian (Rettferdig krig; Aschehoug, 2003), and he has recently published Natural Law, Religion, and Rights (St. Augustine’s Press, 2007), based on his doctoral dissertation, and a Norwegian monograph on the virtue of moderation (Måtehold; Cappelen Damm, 2009). He is the co-editor, with Gregory Reichberg and Endre Begby, of The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell, 2006), and, with Gregory Reichberg, of Ethics, Nationalism, and Just War (Catholic University of America Press, 2007).

At PRIO he works on the ethics of war, historically and systematically, as well as on the relationship between religion and the use of armed force. He is also a lecturer at Bjørknes College, contributing to the Master's degree program jointly undertaken by PRIO, Bjørknes, and the Australian National University.


​​​​​​Languages spoken:
Norwegian, English, German

Working experience:
Head of Corporate Governance, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), 2005 - 2007.

Post-doc Research Fellow, University of Oslo, 2002 - 2005. 

Part-time Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, 2001-2003.

Member of the Secretariat of the Norwegian Government Commission on Human Values 1998-2001.

Chief editor of political journal 'Tidens Tegn' 1998-2000. Senior researcher at PRIO since 1997.

Programme leader for the PRIO research program 'Ethics, Norms, and Identities' 1998-2002.

Dr.Art. (equiv. to PhD), University of Oslo, 1997;
Master of Arts, Boston College, 1991;
Cand.Mag. (equiv. to B.A.), University of Oslo, 1989. Fulbright scholar 1989-1991.
Doctoral student under the Ethics Program of the Norwegian Research Council 1992-1996.

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The following publications are specific to the Centre for the Study of Civil War. A more complete list may be available at www.prio.org.

All Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Syse, Henrik (2006) Plato, Thucydidies, and the Education of Alcibiades, Journal of Military Ethics 5(4): 290–302.

Book Chapter

Syse, Henrik (2004) Den konservative bekymring [The Conservative Worry], in Åpen verden. Et forsvar for globaliseringen. Oslo: (265–274).
Syse, Henrik (2004) Fellesskap og demokrati [Community and Democracy], in Demokrati – vilkår og virkninger. Oslo: (113–131).
Syse, Henrik (2004) Den lange veien mot enighet – kristendom og islam om krigens etikk [The Long Road to Consensus – Christianity and Islam on the Ethics of War], in Etikk, tro og pluralisme – festskrift til Lars Østnor. Bergen: (63–73).
Syse, Henrik (2004) Frihet fra og frihet til – refleksjoner om moral [Freedom From and Freedom to – Reflections on Morality], in Frihet – samtalen fortsetter. Oslo: (134–141).

Non-refereed Journal Article

Syse, Henrik (2004) Etisk pluralisme i Norden [Ethical Pluralism in the Nordic Countries], Mennesker og rettigheter – Nordisk tidsskrift for menneskerettigheter 22(2): 247–250.

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