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Socio-Legal Studies of Crime and Criminal Justice (SOLCRIM)

Socio-Legal Studies of Crime and Criminal Justice

The Socio-Legal Studies of Crime and Criminal Justice research cluster is devoted to the critical studies of conceptions of crime and deviance as they relate to, and in the context of, criminal legal systems.

By combining the fields of criminology and sociology of law, we aim to emphasize the relation between the workings, conceptions and definitions of law, crime, deviance and criminal justice. Further, the aim is to bring the study of formal and informal criminal legal systems, within domestic and international frameworks, to the forefront of socio-legal studies.

The researchers in the cluster are young scholars with background in research, teaching, and policy work in sociology of law, criminal law and criminology, in Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Palestine, Colombia, Brazil, the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. 

A diverse range of research takes place within the SOLCRIM cluster, focusing on topics such as:

  • Legal pluralism and comparative law
  • Norms and social control
  • Rule of law
  • Crime and control of states
  • Victimology
  • Juvenile justice and criminal gangs
  • Violence
  • Perception of and access to justice
  • Criminal policy
  • Cybercrime
  • Restorative justice


  • To connect scholars working in the research field, both in Sweden and abroad.
  • To increase the competencies of young scholars in the field through their participation in research projects.
  • To conduct research in order to strengthen and contribute to knowledge in the field.
  • To publish articles based on cluster members’ research.


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  • Hansen, H. (2006), Slutrapport till Kronofogdemyndigheten i Malmö: otillåten påverkan inom Kronofogdemyndigheten i Malmö [Final report to the Swedish Enforcement Authority in Malmö: unlawful influence within Swedish Enforcement Authority in Malmö], Research report/Sociology of Law, Lund University.
  • Rejmer, A. and H. Hansen (2008), "-känner du till skillnaden mellan lögn och sanning": en analys av förundersökningar: delrapport 5 i utvärderingen av nationell försöksverksamhet med barnahus 2006-2007 [”-Do you know the difference between lies and truth": an analysis of preliminary investigations: Interim Report 5 in the evaluation of the national pilot project with Children's Advocay Centers 2006 – 2007], Research report/Sociology of Law, Lund University.
  • Antonsdottir, H.F. and Gunnlaugsdottir, Þ. S. (2013). Tilkynntar nauðganir til lögreglu á árunum 2008 og 2009: Um afbrotið nauðgun, sakborning, brotaþola og málsmeðferð [Reported Rapes in Iceland in 2008 and 2009: The Offence of Rape, the Accused, the Victim, and Case Procedure within the Justice System] (Report). Reykjavik: EDDA Center at the University of Iceland.
  • Antonsdóttir, H.F. (forthcoming). „Ég held að þróunin verði sú að það verði meiri sérhæfing í þessum málaflokki.“: Um viðhorf fagaðila til meðferðar nauðgunarmála innan réttarkerfisins og tillögur að úrbótum [“I believe that we will see increased specialization on this issue”: The Attitudes of Professionals working on Rape Cases within the Justice System and suggestions for Improvements] (Report). Reykjavik: EDDA Center at the University of Iceland.
  • Nafstad, I. (2014): “Tilgangen til byens offentlige rom: Et spørsmål om makt og motstand?“ [The access to public space : A question of power and resistance ?] In: Motmæle: Festskrift til Cecilie Høigård, Kjersti Ericsson og Guri Larsen. Heidi Mork Lomell og Liv Finstad (red.). Oslo: Novus Forlag.
  • Nafstad, I. (2011): “Changing Control of the Open Drug Scenes in Oslo — Crime, Welfare, Immigration Control, or a Combination?” Journal of Scandinavian Studies in Criminology and Crime Prevention. Vol. 12 (2).
  • Schoultz, I (2013) Seeking asylum and residence permits in Sweden: Denial, acknowledgement, and bureaucratic legitimacy. In: Critical Criminology. vol. 22, no. 2, pp 219-235.
  • Schoultz, I (2012) State Crime in the Street-Level Bureaucracy – Towards an Understanding of Crimes of the Welfare State. In: International Criminal Justice Review.  vol. 22 no. 3 pp. 258-275.
  • Dahlstrand, K. (2012)  Kränkning och upprättelse. En rättssociologisk studie av kränkningsersättning till brottsoffer [Violation and Satisfaction. A Sociology of Law Study of Non-Pecuniary Damages to Victims of Crime]. Studies in Sociology of Law, Lund.
  • Dahlstrand, K., Svensson, M. (2014) Nätkränkningar. Svenska ungdomars normer och beteenden [Online Violations. Swedish young people's norms and behaviors]. Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhällesfrågor, Stockholm.
  • Olsson, Patrik, (2012), Children and human rights, in the Routledge Handbook of Critical Criminology, DeKeseredy, Walter. S., & Dragiewicz, Molly (Eds.). (2012). London: Routledge.
  • Olsson, Patrik, (2012), Trafficking, child soldiers and globalization of the legal field, in Borders and Crime: Pre-crime, Mobility and Serious Harm in an Age of Globalization edited collection. McCullough, J., Pickering, S.,(Eds.), Palgrave Macmillan, Macmillan Publishers Ltd, United Kingdom.

Sociology of Law Department
Lund University
Visiting address: Allhelgona Kyrkogata 14 M, 223 62 Lund, 3rd floor
Postal address: Box 42, 221 00 Lund

Faculty of Social Sciences