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The Sociology of Law Department receives over SEK 6 million from the Riksbank's Jubilee Fund

isabel schoultz and rustamjon urinboyev

Most of the grant goes to Isabel Schoultz's study of the strategies used by the parties in the upcoming Lundin Energy trial. About a quarter of the money is awarded to Rustamjon Urinboyev to write about Central Asian Muslim prisoners in Russian jails.

The Riksbank's Jubilee Fund allocates a total of SEK 6 261 500 to the Sociology of Law Department. More than 4.8 million goes to Isabel Schoultz's research project "Justice and accountability in corporate involvement in international crimes. Legal struggles and strategies in the Lundin trial". Swedish prosecutors brought charges against Lundin Energy and two of its representatives in November 2021. The defendants are suspected of helping the Sudanese regime commit international law violations between 1999 and 2003 to secure the company's oil operations in South Sudan. Based on legal documents, observations and interviews, Isabel Schoultz, together with Nina Törnqvist (Uppsala University) and Fanny Holm (Umeå University), will investigate the legal arguments and interactions between the parties during the trial.

Isabel Schoultz has previously studied corporate defence strategies against criminal charges, including the trial of three former executives at Telia Company AB who were charged with bribery in Uzbekistan.

Rustamjon Urinboyev will receive nearly SEK 1.5 million to study legal pluralism and the daily lives of Central Asian Muslim prisoners in Russian multicultural prisons. The background to the project is Urinboyev's previous ethnographic fieldwork among Muslim Uzbeks in Russian prisons and the failure of the last century's criminal justice reforms to produce the expected results. Russian prisons are characterised by harsh punishments, religious and ethnic diversity and a criminal subculture born out of the Gulags system. Knowledge of how the prison environment shapes identity and life paths are essential for understanding criminal justice and ideologies. The findings will be reported in Rustamjon Urinboyev's forthcoming book Legal Pluralism, Informality and Everyday Life in the Multicultural Russian Prisons, published by the University of California Press.


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