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Three new Visiting Professors appointed to a research initiative in human rights

Lennart Blecher and his family have donated SEK 15 million to the faculty to develop research on human rights in Sweden and the other Nordic countries. The funds will be used, among other things, to employ Visiting Professors.

On 2023-12-21, the Vice-Chancellor has decided to employ three Visiting Professors. Their research focuses on different aspects of human rights. The Visiting Professors will be employed for three years and will begin their employment on 1 September 2024. 

Martin Scheinin is the British Academy Global Professor at the University of Oxford. He is a well-known Nordic and international human rights expert with long and solid experience of research, teaching and cooperation in international, European and Nordic environments.

Read more about Martin Scheinin and his research.


Rebecca Thorburn Stern is a professor at Uppsala University. Some central themes in her research are the individual as a bearer of rights, children's rights, the right to asylum, and the relationship between international and national law.

Read more about Rebecca Thorburn Stern and her research.


Portrait of Mattias Åhrén. Photo.
Photo Anna Wilhelmsson.

Mattias Åhrén is a former professor and now a visiting professor at the Arctic University in Norway. He is an internationally recognized expert in human rights with special expertise in indigenous peoples and the rights of the Sámi people in the Nordic countries. 

Read more about Mattias Åhrén and his research.