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The department has recruited two professors in sociology of law

Professors Ole Hammerslev (left) and Anna Lundberg (right)

The two new professors are Anna Lundberg and Ole Hammerslev, who have been guest professors at the Sociology of Law Department since the summer of 2021.

On 1 September, Anna Lundberg, Associate Professor of Human Rights, will leave her professorship in Welfare Law at Linköping University and become a Professor of Sociology of Law at Lund University. At the Sociology of Law Department, she works with long-term quality assurance, supervision and teaching at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. She will also continue her research on border control bureaucracies from a sociological perspective of law, asylum law, migrants' rights and critical child rights studies.

"Sociology of law is important in society because it provides an understanding of legal regulations, both their function and their more or less unintended consequences," Anna Lundberg says. "The environment at the department is unique in Sweden and the Nordic countries, and the international network of contacts is extensive."

Ole Hammerslev arrives from the Department of Law at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense at the beginning of next year. He will work to maintain the academic position of the department and teach at master's and doctoral levels. His research projects deal with lawyers, legal aid and young homeless people's encounter with public administration.

The professors will support and develop the department's research environment and collaborate with researchers at other departments within and outside Lund University.

"I consider it a privilege to be part of the sociology of law environment and develop it with my new colleagues," Anna Lundberg says. "For me personally, it is great to be back in Lund. When I was in the law programme many years ago, I studied sociology of law in parallel. It feels like the circle has been closed."