My research and teaching are mainly within criminal procedure and criminal justice, with particular focus on the legal responsibilities and powers of police officers and prosecutors.
LL.M. 1990, LL.D. 2011. I have been working at the Department of Law since 2001 and currently serve as Deputy Head of Department. Previously I worked in the Swedish courts system, completed the Swedish education training for judges (appointed associate judge 1997), and served as a Swedish prosecutor (1999-2001). I am a member of the disciplinary committee at Umeå University.
My research has mainly been within criminal justice and policing, where I have been particularly interested in the legal responsibilities and powers of Swedish police and prosecutors. Currently I work within the research project Victims of Racism (in Swedish Offer för rasism), conducting a study of police reports and preliminary investigative material.
In recent years I have been project leader in the research project Policing in Sweden – Efficiency and Rule of Law in Police Work. Publications stemming from the project is to be find on this site, in Publications.
My dissertation – The Prosecutor as Gatekeeper – was about the Swedish prosecutor’s powers to decide which criminal cases ought (or ought not) be investigated, prosecuted, and tried in court. Specifically I studied the legal regulation of issues of prosecution and the duty to investigate.
I am also a member of the advisory panel for a five-year research project Police and Prosecution Law (in Norwegian Politi- og Påtalerett), at the University of Bergen in Norway.
I teach criminal procedure within Umeå University’s law program and within the Swedish Police Authority’s national training program for preliminary investigators. In addition I supervise master’s thesis projects and other individual written work for law students and police students. I also serve as an advisor to doctoral students in law.