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Martin Joormann


Research Interests

  • Legality and Legitimacy: Sociological, Political and Legal Theories
  • Socio-Legal Research Design: Critical Discourse Analysis and Ethnography
  • Legal Cartographies: Transnational and Multi-Level Approaches to the Study of Migration and Law
  • Critical Migration Studies: Politics, Policies and Practices of Refugee Reception in Northern Europe

Current Research

VR International Postdoc (2020-2023)

Project title: Asylum Appeals in Denmark, Germany and Sweden: A Socio-Legal Cartography

This socio-legal cartography is a collective case study of asylum appeals across three national contexts. It applies ethnographic methods of data collection and analysis in order to map the spatiotemporality of legal norms and practices. This includes conducting interviews with decision-makers, and observing their work, at the following institutions:

  1. the German Federal States’ Administrative Courts, where judges decide asylum cases independently;
  2. Sweden’s Migration Courts, where a judge and three lay judges (recruited from the political parties) take decisions; and
  3. the Danish Refugee Appeal Board, where a judge, a representative of the Immigration Ministry and a member of the Bar and Law Society decide together on asylum cases.

Considering this difference, the study’s point of departure is to explore the varying extents to which asylum appeals are politicized in Germany, Sweden and Denmark. Given this and other eventual differences across the three countries, all of which are part of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the following question guides the project: How can asylum appeals across the three CEAS-member states of Sweden, Germany and Denmark be mapped? In answering this question, the purpose of this project is to a) critically examine the different scales of asylum appeals when understood as discursive and social practices and b) contribute to a strengthened ‘rule of law’ through the application of a more clearly mapped access to rights.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Martin Joormann
E-mail: martin [dot] joormann [at] soclaw [dot] lu [dot] se

Adjunct senior lecturer

Department of Sociology of Law

+46 46 222 69 37


Visiting research fellow

Middle Eastern Studies


After four years as PhD candidate at the Sociology of Law Department, a year as researcher at Lund University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and six months as visiting PhD candidate at the University of Oxford, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Martin Joormann completed his PhD in sociology of law in 2019. He is the author of articles such as ‘Asylstaffetten – A longitudinal Ethnographic Study of Protest Walks against the Detention of Asylum Seekers in Sweden’, and recently completed his work on the edited book ‘Refugees and the Violence of Welfare Bureaucracies in Northern Europe‘. Moreover, Martin Joormann serves as editor and peer reviewer for several international journals. He is currently conducting research for his VR International Postdoc (2020-2023), which is based at the Sociology of Law Department.

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
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Faculty of Social Sciences