Associate professor | Senior lecturer
Associate Editor of Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime
- Corporate crimes and the processes of denial
- Exploitation of migrant workers
- Access to justice and legal aid
Justice and accountability for business involvement in international crimes: Legal struggles and strategies in the Lundin case
The project aims to understand the strategies of, and struggles between, the legal actors in the criminal trial of Orrön Energy (previously Lundin Energy, Lundin Petroleum and Lundin Oil) and two of its representatives. The research explores how these legal contests matter in the ongoing international tension to determine the legal responsibility of corporations and corporate directors in international crimes. The Lundin case is part of a growing trend of attempts on international and domestic levels to hold corporations criminally accountable for their involvement in international crimes and human rights abuses.
Drawing from law, criminology, and sociology of law, we examine how the prosecution, the defence team and the victims’ counsel have strategically adapted their legal reasoning to the systemic dimensions of corporations and international crimes. The study will also focus on the interactions between the legal actors: How courtroom interactions inform and are informed by the strategies that the legal actors employ to win the case.
The study is built on legal documents, trial observations and interviews with the legal actors during and after the trial.
The project is conducted in cooperation with researchers at Umeå University and Uppsala University and is financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond for the period 2023-2026.
Revolving doors between the public and private sector
In the last decades, movements of top Swedish officials to the private sector made headlines with fears that this might mean public officials making decisions with future corporate careers in mind causing public distrust towards public officials and institutions. In 2018, Sweden introduced a law restricting ministers' and state secretaries' post-public moves to private enterprises. The project analyses the historical development of the law, conducts a social network analysis to study transitions from the state and region to the private sector between 2002-2022, and analyses the application of the law on transition restrictions for ministers and state secretaries.
Exploitation of migrant workers
"Law in action" – policy and legal responses to the exploitation of migrant workers in the Nordic countries
The research project is a joint effort that explores how the Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – counter the exploitation of migrant workers, legally and politically. The project is funded by the Nordic Research Council for Criminology (NSfK).
Responses to Labour Exploitation in Sweden – Representations of Victims and Access to Justice
Isabel is also head of the research project Responses to Labour Exploitation in Sweden – Representations of Victims and Access to Justice, financed by the Swedish Crime Victim Authority (Brottsoffermyndigheten) 2021-2022.
See Isabel's project presentation at the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control, affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI).
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Isabel Schoultz holds a PhD in Criminology from the Department of Criminology at Stockholm University. She is now an associate professor and employed as a senior lecturer at the Sociology of Law Department, Lund University.
She is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of White Collar and Corporate Crime.
Since 2021, Isabel Schoultz is the Head of Department at the Sociology of Law Department.
Isabel´s article entitled State Crime in the Street-Level Bureaucracy: Towards an Understanding of Crimes of the Welfare State, published in the International Criminal Justice Review, was voted the winner of the 2012 Richard J. Terrill Paper of the Year Award.