Members, Researchers

Dr. Simon Andersson, Researcher (Stockholm).
Research project: Detention of immigrants. I am conducting research concerning the legal rules for detention of immigrants in Sweden (“förvar”). I am currently working on an article (in two parts) concerning the placement of detained immigrants in police arrests, jails and prisons.
My research interests within migration law are mainly coercive measures and questions concerning evidence.

Dr. Matilda Arvidsson,  Researcher (Gothenburg).
Research project: Project ASILE/ Horizon2020, more information to be found here.  Law clinic in migration law: Rättspraktiken. Project: Likabehandling i asylmål: kan maskininlärning bidra till bättre beslut? financed by Vinnova, more information

Dr. Mariagiulia Giuffré, Lecturer at Edge Hill University, United Kingdom
Research project: Seeking Protection in Europe: Refugees, Human Rights, and Bilateral Agreements Linked to Readmission.

Dr. Daniel Hedlund, Researcher (Uppsala).

Prof. Petra Herzfeld Olsson, Researcher (Stockholm).
Research project: The new EU legislative framework on labour migration from third countries – to what extent has it strengthened the position of the migrant worker?

Dr. Livia Johannesson, Researcher (Stockholm).
Research project: Dilemmas in Courtrooms – How Judges Practice Equality Before the Law at Swedish Administrative Court (funded by the Swedish Research Council, 2019-2022, reg: 2018-01842.
The aim of this research project is to investigate how equality before the law is practiced by judges adjudicating disputes between particularly vulnerable individuals and the state. To meet this aim, the project conducts an ethnographic study at the administrative courts in Sweden, focused on the interactions between judges, claimants, and other judicial actors participating in the trials. The types of cases investigated are: determinations of asylum claims, compulsory psychiatric care (LPT), compulsory care due to drug abuse (LVM), and compulsory care of children (LVU).
Livia Johannesson studies public administration, often through ethnographic methods. Her research addresses two main themes: the organization of health care and the role of administrative courts in democracy and migration politics. Within the court theme, Livia studies how objectivity and administrative justice are constructed through practices, norms and rules in administrative courts. In relation to the latter theme, Livia has also studied Swedish asylum policy in a historical perspective and how asylum rights activism has developed in Sweden since the beginning of the 2000s.

Dr. Yana Litinska, Researcher (Lund).
Research project: The right to access healthcare services for asylum seekers.
The aim of the project is to analyse the obligations that Sweden has in fulfilment of the right of access to health services for asylum seekers. The project focuses both on the legal regulation and on how different county councils in Sweden, which have a primary responsibility of healthcare for asylum seekers, interpret the law. The project addresses questions:
What are the requirements that international human rights law and EU law impose for providing health services for asylum seekers?
How the notion of care that cannot wait shall be interpreted and how is it factually interpreted in Sweden?
My research interests are related to the field of public law in a broad sense, including intersection of human rights law, constitutional and administrative law. I am interested in the issues related to vulnerability, discrimination, and accessibility of healthcare and social care services.

Dr. Martin Ratcovich Leopardi, Researcher (Stockholm).
I am a researcher and teacher in International Law at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University. My research interests include international law in general and the law of the sea, refugee law and human rights in particular. I defended my thesis ‘International Law and Rescue of Refugees at Sea’ in 2019.

Dr. Zvezda Vankova, Postdoctoral researcher (Lund). E-mail: Research project: Refugees as Migrant Workers. Labour Migration as Alternative for Refugee Protection in the EU Context? | funded by the Dutch Research Council | duration 2019 – 2021 | The research project seeks to critically examine the feasibility of facilitating labour migration for refugees as a complementary pathway for admission into the EU. Firstly, it focuses on EU law and international refugee and human rights law analysis. It tackles issues related to admission, rights of such refugee workers and challenges related to possible return. Secondly, the proposal incorporates an empirical research layer. This is the best way to examine the implementation challenges regarding the policy idea of admitting refugees as migrant workers. The empirical data is collected on the basis of interviews with stakeholders at both EU and national level. In order to assess the implementation obstacles at national level, Sweden and Germany are chosen as case studies as they have attracted most of the refugees in Europe as a result of the so-called “refugee crisis” whilst maintaining a “welcoming” approach to labour migration. Zvezda’s research interests lie at the intersection of EU law, international human rights and labour law, as well as legal empirical studies with a focus on legal migration, integration and asylum.

Daria Davitti, Associate Professor (Docent) in Public International Law (Lund) E-mail: Research project: I am currently finalizing a project entitled Liquid Borders which examines EU migration policies from the perspectives of externalisation and containment, cooperation with third countries, privatization and development aid.  I am interested in the involvement of non-state actors (especially PMSC and other business actors) in the management of migration control and international protection, and how this affects the rights of refugees, in particular the right to health and other socio-economic rights. 

Amin Parsa, Postdoctoral Researcher (Lund). E-mail: Research project: State Responsibility-The case of mobility monitoring. This project is part of a joint research project titled ‘Digitalisation and legal responsibility’ and is funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. In this sub-project I will map the use and operation of mobility monitoring technologies in European border control practices. This project is driven by two questions. In what ways do the advanced digital technologies of mobility monitoring undermine the legal responsibility of states? And do the existing legal conceptualizations of state responsibility offer resources for challenging any detrimental effects of mobility monitoring technologies on migrants’ rights? My general research interest is the intersection of law and technology within the context of various sub-fields of international law – including: laws of armed conflict, law and politics of mobility control and human rights law. My theoretical interests also include legal materiality, border thinking and decolonial theory. 

Dr. Matthew Scott, Researcher (Lund).
E-mail: Matthew Scott is head of the People on the Move thematic area at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Lund. His area of expertise lies in legal and policy responses to internal and cross-border displacement in the context of disasters and climate change.

Dr. Eleni Karageorgiou, Researcher (Lund).
E-mail: Research project: Ragnar Söderberg postdoctoral fellowship in law (Lund). In Search of Solidarity in the Area of Freedom Security and Justice: The Interplay between the Internal and External Dimension of EU Asylum Policy – På spaning efter solidaritet inom området med frihet, säkerhet och rättvisa: Samspelet mellan europeiska asylpolitikens inre och yttre dimensioner. After the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, the meaning and implications of solidarity in European asylum law and policy has drawn much attention. This attention expanded the last couple of years following the 2015 refugee policy crisis in Europe. For all its merits, existing scholarly research does not address the function of solidarity as an organizational principle of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (AFSJ) in a holistic manner. Scholars tend to differentiate between solidarity measures in immigration and asylum policies across the Member States on the one hand and EU external action on the other. Thus, little attention has been paid to the interconnection between the assumptions surrounding the European asylum law based on intra-EU solidarity and law and policy relating to EU relations with third countries. The present project seeks to remedy these shortcomings by exploring the rationale that informs solidarity in European asylum policy and the ways it affects the continued transformation of refugee law in Europe and beyond. When cooperative developments concerned with migration, asylum and border control within the EU and between the EU and third countries are analysed in an interrelated manner, it becomes possible to develop a more precise understanding of the AFSJ as a legal construct and of the meaning and function of solidarity within it.

Dr. Anna Bruce, Researcher (Lund).

Assoc. Prof. Hanna Wikström, Researcher (Gothenburg).

Dr. Louise Dane, Researcher (Stockholm).
Research project: “Barnets bästa i migrationsprocessen”.