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Erik Mägi

Doctoral Student

Department of
Visiting address
Vasagatan 1
41124 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 650
40530 Göteborg

About Erik Mägi

About Erik Mägi

Erik Mägi is PhD student in Private Law. He conducts research on patterns of norm and exception concerning the constitution of legal parenthood, how the legislation take some parenthood for granted while other kinds of parenthood appear as exceptions or non-existent.

Erik Mägi is also together with Lina-lea Zimmerman author of a textbook on family law, Stjärnfamiljejuridik [Legal Regulation of Diverse Families] (Gleerups 2015). In the spring of 2016 the authors was awarded the Jörn Svensson Award for their work with LGBTQ rights. Read an article about the book and Erik Mägi's research in the School's Magazine 2017.

He has previously worked as lawyer in the policy-based civil society. He has been active in the public debate over several years.


Erik Mägi's thesis project has the preliminary title Legally approved parent – establishing of parenthood, normcritical studies, children´s rights and legal design. The research project concerns the legal constructions of who are established as parents in different family scenarios, the legal constructions relations to social norms and power structures, as well as alternatives of legal design. Main supervisor: Sari Kouvo. Assistant supervisor: Torbjörn Odlöw. Financial support from Stiftelsen Fru Mary von Sydows, född Wijk, donationsfond.


Erik Mägi teaches family law, labour law and discrimination law. He also teaches law in practice, normcritical studies and intersectionality, as well as supervises master´s thesis.

Erik Mägi has also, on the request of the Department of Law, conducted a norm-critical examination of the LL.M. programme in Gothenburg. Read the English summary in the report at page 8.

He also teaches folk dance and contact improvisation for adults and children.


Erik Mägi participates to a large extent in communicating his research with the surrounding society. He has lectured for, among others, the Ministry of Justice, the Academy of Courts, the Discrimination Ombudsman (DO) and the Swedish Association for Transexual Health. He has also regularly give lectures at libraries, for student associations, at the Science Festival in Gothenburg and at Pride festivals.

He participates in the following networks:
- Swedish Network for Family and Kinship Studies
- Family Law, Practices and Policies (FaMLAPP)
- Research network on sustainable development
- Familjepolitiska nätverket

He is convener of the Climate Network for the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers.He is also deputy in the City of Gothenburg´s Committe on Environment and Climate for the Swedish Green Party.