Professor Mads Andenæs is the UN Special Rapporteur on Arbitrary Detention and the Chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. He is a Professor of Law at the University of Oslo and the former Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He has been Visiting Professor at University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 2006 and University of Rome La Sapienza in 2002-13. He has held the Chaire W J Ganshof van der Meersch under the Fondation Philippe Wiener—Maurice Anspach at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, the Chaire Vincent Wright at Sciences-Po, Paris, and he has been a Herbert Smith Visitor at the University of Cambridge. In 2006 he delivered the Annual Guido Carli Lecture at the University of LUISS Guido Carli, Rome. In 2008-9 he delivered a series of lectures at l'École normale Supérieure, Paris, on human rights and comparative law. He has been a part time professor at the European University Institute, Florence where he currently participates in a research project on European regulatory private law.

He is Editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and of European Business Law Review and on the editorial boards of some ten other law journals and book series, including as General Editor of the Martinus Nijhoff Series in International Trade Law. Professor Andenæs is involved in research in the fields of international, EU and comparative law, and European and domestic private and regulatory law. He takes part in projects on the system and method of international law, human rights, the relationship between national law and European and international law, the formation of European private law and European and comparative company law and financial market regulation. He holds the degrees of Cand jur (Oslo), PhD (Cambridge) and MA and DPhil (Oxford).

The Public International Law Discussion Group at the University of Oxford is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford. The PIL Discussion Group hosts a weekly speaker event and light lunch at All Souls College, Oxford. Topics involve contemporary and challenging issues in international law. Speakers include distinguished international law practitioners, academics, and legal advisers from around the world. The discussion group's meetings are part of the programme of the British Branch of the International Law Association and are supported by the Law Faculty and Oxford University Press. The group typically meets each Thursday during Oxford terms in The Old Library in All Souls College, with lunch commencing at 12:30. The speaker will commence at 12:45 and speak for about forty minutes, allowing about twenty five minutes for questions and discussion. The meeting should conclude before 2:00. Practitioners, academics and students from within and outside the University of Oxford are all welcome. No RSVP is necessary. Join the PIL Email List to receive information about the PIL Discussion Group meetings, as well as other PIL@Oxford news. Most of the seminars are available as podcasts.