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Eva Joly is the new Arne Næss Chair

We are proud to welcome corruption fighter and environmental activist Eva Joly to SUM this fall.

Eva Joly is best known for her brave struggle against corruption, economic criminality and whitewashing of money by corporate and political actors. She is the former presidential candidate representing the Green Party in France, and she has been a member of the European Parliament for 10 years.  Photo: © European Union 2017, Mathieu Cugnot.

Eva Joly is best known for her brave struggle against corruption, economic criminality and whitewashing of money by corporate and political actors. She is the former presidential candidate representing the Green Party in France, and she has been a member of the European Parliament for 10 years. Photo: © European Union 2017, Mathieu Cugnot.

Corruption fighter and environmental activist

If you don’t have control over corruption, you’ll never get anywhere in the environmental struggle. Corruption prevents weak states from reconstruction and makes strong states prone to breakdowns and disruptions, says Joly.

SUM, and the University of Oslo, will be Eva Joly’s host in September 2019 and in April 2020. As the Arne Næss Chair at SUM, she will share her experiences and knowledge with researchers and students at the University of Oslo. She will also feature as the keynote speaker at the annual Arne Næss Symposium on 18 September, and contribute to an interdisciplinary master course that will take place at SUM in April 2020.

The environmental struggle is also a struggle for justice

While at SUM, Joly will illuminate the role of powerful corporations as frequent drivers of poverty, social inequality and environmental destruction.   

You won’t be able to fight environmental criminality without good governance. Similarly, you cannot have an honest environmental politics if the power holders cheat on CO2 and pollution quotas, says Joly.

Eva Joly’s work is an embodiment of Arne Næss’ motto: «Thinking dutifully, acting beautifully».

It is this philosophy that has shined through her struggle against tax havens and international corruption, says professor Nina Witoszek, director of the Arne Næss Programme at SUM, UiO.

The Arne Næss Symposium

On 18 September 2019 Eva Joly will be the main attraction at the Arne Næss Symposium at the University of Oslo. The Symposium is open to all, and its main question is: Have we Lost the Battle for Social and Environmental Rights?

Nina Witoszek leder Arne Næss Programme
Nina Witoszek chairs the Arne Næss Programme at SUM.

The Symposium is designed to ignite and reanimate the debate about the often occluded relation between social and environmental justice and the degree of political and economic corruption, both at the national and global level.

Eva Joly is a doer and a thinker who will not only help the Norwegian research environment better understand the dark side of globalization, but draft the contours of a more just society, says Nina Witoszek.

We are looking forward to hosting Eva Joly in the Autumn 2019.


The Arne Næss Programme

We draw on, and critically develop, the intellectual legacy after Norway’s greatest ecophilosopher, researcher and environmental activist. Read more about SUMs Arne Næss Programme.


This excerpt comes from Nina Witoszek’s interview with Eva Joly in Dagbladet, 13 November  2012.

By Charlotte Kildal
Published May 22, 2019 10:55 AM - Last modified May 22, 2019 1:22 PM