Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher

Torkel Opsahl as painted by Roberto Caruso.

The Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (TOAEP) furthers the objective of excellence in research, scholarship and education by publishing worldwide through the Internet. As a non-profit publisher it is firmly committed to open access publishing. It actively seeks to make its publications freely available to those interested in them, particularly in materially less resourceful countries.

The EPublisher is named after late Professor Torkel Opsahl (1931-1993), a leading international and constitutional law expert in Europe from the mid-1960s until his untimely passing in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in September 1993. He was one of the early pillars of the human rights systems of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. In discussions with his oldest son, Roald Opsahl, in 1991-92, Professor Opsahl showed strong interest in the possibilities which the Internet would open for the development of international law. He dedicated the last year of his life to laying the foundation of the rise of international criminal justice as a member and, at the end, acting chairperson of the Commission of Experts for the former Yugoslavia established pursuant to United Nations Security Council Resolution 780 (1992). The EPublisher places international criminal and humanitarian law and issues of transitional justice at the centre of its publishing agenda.

The nature and role of the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher is described by Professor Emeritus Asbjørn Eide (who co-founded what has become the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights together with Professor Opsahl) in a 2013 article in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights.