Nuno Marques

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Birmingham Law School
Doctoral researcher

Contact details


  • 1-year Law, The University of Lisbon School of Law
  • BSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of South-Eastern Norway
  • MSc International Relations, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • ½ year MA Public Administration, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • LLM Diplomacy and International Law, Lancaster University


  • I am currently the Deputy Mayor of Notodden (part-time) and Assistant Professor at OsloMet
  • Goalkeeper coach for the 1st team in Notodden FK, which plays at the 3rd level in Norway
  • I was in my second year in Law at the University of Lisbon School of Law, when my passion for football brought me to Norway in 2004
  • I played football at a professional level for 15 years, between 1998 and 2013, of which the last 10 years in Norway
  • In Norway, I obtained a BSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2013 and an MSc in International Relations in 2016
  • I concluded Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and Diplomacy at Lancaster University in February 2020
  • I am fluent in Portuguese (mother language), English and Norwegian. In addition, I have good knowledge of Spanish and French


  • Member of the research group "Innovation, Digital Transformation and Sustainability"
  • Lecturer of the bachelor's course "Technology and Society" (both 5 ECTS and 10 ECTS)
  • Lecturer of the master's course "Globalization of Technology" (10 ECTS)
  • International coordinator at the Department of Computer Science
  • Regular visiting lecturer in Diplomacy, Human Rights and EU Foreign Policy at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Slovakia

Doctoral research

PhD title
Managing the Conflict Between Fundamental Human Rights and National Security: Assessing the Legitimacy and Compatibility of Diplomatic Assurances with International Law
Dr Natasa Mavronicola and Dr Marianne Wade
Law PhD / PhD by Distance Learning / MPhil / MJur


This thesis aims to address the capacity of the diplomatic assurances (DAs) to manage the conflict between fundamental human rights and national security issues on the one hand, and whether the use of DAs may serve as a legal, political, and diplomatic tool towards certain agreed ends on the other hand.

Both the form and content of DAs vary significantly. Although they are the end-product of negotiations held at a bilateral level and an everyday means of inter-State functioning, their legal nature is disputed. Moreover, disagreements over the legal value of assurances and similar communications are not just isolated to academia. Disagreements occur there, but disagreements also play out between States on a case-by-case basis. Whether DAs are empty promises or legally binding bilateral agreements, or whether DAs remain political declarations without any legal effect and direct legal consequence, their nature may qualitatively change the situation of the individual in question. In the wake of the public debate regarding the involvement of several European countries in the so-called CIA rendition programmes, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has cultivated a framework for considering assurances on a case-by-case basis as it regards DAs as part of the “matrix” that it must consider in evaluating the claimed violation of the Convention.

Other activities

  • Prime Networking: I am the main academic supervisor and coordinator for the Norwegian team at this network that aims to develop and promote cross-cultural and interdisciplinary education, academic programs and research, and to facilitate collaboration between universities and companies.
  • Winner of 2017 Euroweek's Stand and Presentation; Winner of 2018 Euroweek's Academic Paper; Winner of 2019 Euroweek's Best Pitch; and Winner of 2020 Euroweek's Best Project Award. Euroweek is an annual international student conference whose overall purpose is to add value to current studies by exposing students to an international work and research environment to enhance their international employment opportunities.


• (Co-author) “Sustainability and Circular Economy, a comparison between Portugal and Norway” in Conference: IS4CE2020 Circular Economy Conference at: Exeter University - UK 

This study aims to compare the strategies of circular economy of Portugal and Norway and to ascertain whether it is possible to implement strategies from one country to another and, if so, which ones.
With this study, it was possible to identify various strategies used by different companies, as well as to indicate the common strategies between them and between Portugal and Norway. It was possible to note that, irrespective of the socio-economic differences of the two countries, the companies of both seek to create and use circular economy strategies, as well as sustainable strategies. This demonstrates a growing concern for the environment and future generations.

• "O município norueguês como instituição democrática: a Assembleia Municipal de Notodden" in AEDRL - Associação de Estudos de Direito Regional e Local, November 2019

This article analyses the functioning of the Notodden city council in the context of the local democracy in Norway.
*The article is only available in Portuguese.