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Our research

Research at the Department of Law encompasses a wide range of socially and scientifically relevant legal areas and themes. It is characterized by curiosity, theoretical and methodological reflection, being multi- and transdisciplinary and socially relevant. The research at the Department of Law responds to different tasks and needs.

We strive to offer a high quality law programme based on science. This presupposes that research is conducted in the overall areas of law included in the programme. It is the department's aim to further develop research in these areas of law. It is also our aim to build and further develop complete and active research environments in the same areas.

The Department of Law's research has a broad approach based on a diversity of knowledge areas to meet the major societal challenges. We strive to develop legal knowledge and be at the forefront of research. The research contributes knowledge about the major societal challenges of our time, such as AI and digitalisation, globalisation, inequality, changes in climate, economy, and demography, the changed conditions of democracy, and the changed role of science and knowledge.

The department has long experience of research and education collaborations in various multi- and transdisciplinary research centers, an experience we take advantage of and further develop.

The department's research is presented below in a number of research areas. Within the areas, relevant research is further developed and maintained, both for the law programme and other legal education as well as for academia and society outside academia.

Subject groups

Research activities at the Department of Law are based on the central disciplinary building blocks that form the basis of a complete law degree. This means that the department strives to maintain and strengthen the design of research environments in the areas on which the basic education is based.  

It is the department's goal that in all these areas of law there should be a strong research environment consisting of senior researchers (one or more professors and one or more associate professors) who ensure that the education is based on solid and research-related legal knowledge. 

Research groups 

The Department of Law further develops and strengthens its already remarkably strong involvement in multi- and interdisciplinary research projects of great societal relevance through a number of different research groups. 

The department has so far identified several of these, where within the department there is strong existing internationally relevant research, great multidisciplinary potential and also opportunities to actively integrate with actors in the surrounding community.

Meet our researchers

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Environmental taxes under the EU state aid law and practice perspectives
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Member state courts' (lack of) influencing on the development of EU law
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The governance of the Arctic Marine Environment