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Rule of Law and Security

Research group Researchers and lecturers within this theme pursue various projects by an overarching interest in the tensions that arise when desires to achieve a more secure society intersect and potentially clash with other ideas, including general principles of law, rule of law, and human rights.

The research condected within the theme is governed by the involved researchers' areas of interest.

Current projects include:

  • Children's rights and social aspects in State responses to COVID-19.
  • The use of autonomous systems in law enforcement and principles of the rule of law.
  • The interaction between legal principles in the European Union’s development cooperation and the policy objective of externalizing migration management to third countries.
  • The extent to which Sweden lives up to international legal and political obligations in relation to victims of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
  • Collaborative Justice – UN Investigative Mechanisms for Core International Crimes and International Law

Previous research

Research have been conducted on: Several models for supervision and control of for example Health and Care Institutions; Transnational crime and begging; and Implementation of international legal instruments om human trafficking.

Several research projects have been about issues of relevance for the police, such as Bodily search and examination; Efficiency and rule of law in police work; and Rule-of-law aspects of electronic intelligegence gathering.

Past projects also include research such as Legal aspects of state emergency and crisis management; Law enforcement issues; and Prosecutor's authority to decide whether to prosecute or not and more.

More information about ongoing research may be found on the individual webpages of the involved researchers.

Head of research

Lena Landström
Associate professor


Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Law

Research area