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Research environments

Law permeates all human activity, from matters on the level of the individual to issues of major societal, political and economic significance, nationally and internationally. Legal research affects and can improve people’s lives and societal development.

As the complexity of the surrounding world increases, so do the demands on and the significance of our research. The urgent research issues of today are multifaceted and we meet them with a subject-wide approach within the faculty, an interdisciplinary approach within Lund University and in collaboration with professional legal practice and wider society. Meanwhile, national law is facing new challenges through globalisation and Swedish membership in the EU, which have increased the focus on European and international issues.

In the last decade, our research has undergone a strong phase of development and grown in scope, quality, internationalisation and visibility. External research grants have also increased. For example, within jurisprudence, the social dimension of civil law, including elder law, EU law, international law including migration law, environmental law, human rights law and Health Law, we now have research teams active on the international and European research front.

Within Lund University, we have intense exchange with the research environments in commercial law and sociology of law. We run research projects with several research environments in the social sciences and humanities, as well as in subjects such as medicine, biotechnology and sustainable development. For just over 30 years, we have collaborated closely with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) on both research and education. One joint project in recent years is the Lund Human Rights Research Hub – a platform which has already gathered around 50 researchers from various disciplines at Lund University on issues concerning human rights.

The research studies conducted at the faculty are broad and multifaceted. Together with our visiting researchers from all over the world, our doctoral students contribute strongly to the development of jurisprudence and the dynamism of our research community.

Jessica Almqvist

Deputy Dean and Professor
jessica [dot] almqvist [at] jur [dot] lu [dot] se