“The Framing of a Text: A Decision?” Seminar with Anne Orford on 11 March 2014

For a couple of days in March, Professor Anne Orford (Faculty of Law, Melbourne U) will be visiting Lund, Anne has agreed to give a seminar on 11 March at 14.15-16.00 hrs, primarily intended junior and early-career researchers (from doctoral candidates to post-docs and assistant professors). The theme of the seminar will be

The Framing of a Text: A Decision?

 Writing a text is tackling the consequences of earlier framing choices: living with them, repressing their existence, modifying them, rejecting them and moving the frame. The final text does not necessarily explain how its framing changed over time. As framing issues are so closely tethered to the material we work with, it is not always that we think about them as part of our method. The seminar is dedicated to reflecting on how we take – or do not take – decisions on framing, drawing on our own work.

Please let me know at Gregor.Noll (at) jur.lu.se if you would be interested in participating in this seminar. Participation presupposes a simple and brief preparation: being ready to share one current example of a significant framing challenge in your writing. No written papers, no power points. The seminar is geared towards the craft of writing and will take the form of a roundtable conversation with a limited number of participants.

Whos is Anne Orford and what does she do? http://www.law.unimelb.edu.au/melbourne-law-school/community/our-staff/staff-profile/username/Anne%20Orford

L/UMIN Work-in-progress Workshop in Lund

On February 6-7th Lund was visited by the researchers within the network for a workshop in order to exchange experiences of the work so far. Apart from L/UMIN researchers, the event was also attended by researchers from Stockholm University and Gothenburg University whose field of research is migration law. Participants felt that the feedback provided at the workshop was rewarding for their individual research project. 

L/UMIN Hearing on Disability and the Asylum procedure in Lund

On January 31st Anna Bruce held a hearing within the project on adults and children with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the asylum procedure. The purpose of the hearing was to gather practitioners with different backgrounds and experiences in working with adults and children with disabilities and to exchange thoughts and ideas. A physician, the chairman for the national association for social and mental health, a psychologist and representatives from Save the Children and the Red
Cross were amongst the attendees. The hearing gave the project a solid inventory of problems in the actual practical application.

Pufendorf Research Seminar – Alexandra Kemmerer on Reflexive Disciplinarity in Law

On Wednesday 4 December at 14.15-16.00 hrs, Dr. Alexandra Kemmerer from the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin will hold a seminar on “Reflexive Disciplinarity in Law”.

Alexandra Kemmerer co-directs the Forum Transnationale Studien/Rechtskulturen, a unique research initiative fostering internationalization and transdisciplinary studies in law. Her profile is here and her SSRN page is here.

The seminar will be held in Styrelserummet, 4th floor at Juridicum.

Please send a message to Cecilia K. Andersson for a copy of Alexandra’s paper (Cecilia_K.Andersson@jur.lu.se).

Most welcome!


Pufendorf Research Seminar – Immi Tallgren on the Religious in ICL – POSTPONED!

The research seminar with Dr. Immi Tallgren has been postponed until further notice!


(On Wednesday 27 November at 13.15-15.00 hrs, Dr. Immi Tallgren from the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, will held a seminar with the title “The Religious in International Criminal Law”

The seminar will be held in Röda Tornrummet, 4th floor at Juridicum.)

24 October manuscript seminar: Mariagiulia Giuffré and Jens Vedsted-Hansen

Our visiting doctoral candidate Mariagiulia Giuffré invites comments to her draft manuscript entitled
“Seeking Protection in Europe: Refugees, Human Rights, and Bilateral Agreements Linked to Readmission”
at a seminar on Thursday 24 October, 10.15-12.00 at Röda tornrummet, Level 4, Juridicum.
Professor Jens Vedsted-Hansen, Department of Law, Aarhus University, has kindly agreed to comment on the manuscript during the first part of the seminar. His research profile here.
As usual, the second part will be devoted to comments from the plenary. Mariagiulia is in an advanced stage of the project, with a defense planned at the School of International Studies at the University of Trento next year.
Please send an email to Cecilia K Andersson at Cecilia_K.Andersson@jur.lu.se for your copy of Mariagiulia’s manuscript.

Research Seminar with Professor Panu Minkkinen (Helsinki)

On Thursday 7 November at 13.00-15.00, Professor Panu Minkkinen, University of Helsinki, will hold a seminar, open to both researchers and students, on his current research project which touches on sovereignty, constitutional theory, and a radicalization of the idea of law as a human science. The seminar will be based on the following introduction:

The Coldest of All Cold Monsters’: Nietzsche as a Constitutional Theorist

Despite the strong political implications of his philosophy, Nietzsche is seldom regarded as a political philosopher per se, let alone as a constitutional theorist. My presentation will, however, attempt to reconstruct a Nietzschean constitutional theory drawing both from Nietzsche’s main published works as well as unpublished fragments. The argument that the presentation wishes to make is that Nietzsche’s understanding of the state is a critique of mechanism and, as such, theoretically speaking organic, and that Nietzsche’s organic state is animated by a life force that is not wholly unlike the vitalism of Herbert Spencer. Despite Nietzsche’s scornful criticism of Spencer, the critical engagement betrays an academic kinship which, more importantly, brings Nietzsche into a lineage of political theorists ranging from Carl Schmitt to Gilles Deleuze. The lineage will hopefully allow us to consider a critical perspective into the state that is neither traditionally Marxist nor confusedly postmodern, a perspective that I have elsewhere called political constitutional theory.

For a fuller introduction, see http://blogs.helsinki.fi/minkkine/

The seminar will be held in Styrelserummet, 4th floor at Juridicum.

L/UMIN Launched

On Friday, 27 September 2013, the Faculties of Law at Lund and Uppsala University publicly launched their common research project within the field of migration law. The project goes by the abbreviation L/UMIN – Lund Uppsala Migration Law Network – and covers nine different subprojects at the moment:
– The Migration Court and its obligation to investigate (Isa Cegrell-Karlander)
– Discrimination in asylum- and migration law (Maria Bexelius)
– Climate change refugees and “strategic litigation” (Matthew Scott)
– The price of solidarity: Division of responsibilities within the EU and between EU and third states (Eleni Karageorgiou)
– Children with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities within the asylum procedure (Anna Bruce)
– Is it for real? The investigation of “genuineness” of invoked protection grounds (Rebecca Stern)
– Trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour (Vladislava Stoyanova)
– Law, fact and problem-solving, with special attention to the problem of refugees (Aleksandra Popovic)
– Age assessments in the asylum procedure (Gregor Noll)

Research is being funded by the European Refugee Fund and by funds made available by the Vice Chancellors from both Universities.

More information on the L/UMIN project or on the different subprojects is available at www.migrationlawnetwork.org/.

Pufendorf Research Seminar – Alistair Rieu-Clarke

On Tuesday 8 October at 14.00-16.00, Dr. Alistair Rieu-Clarke of University of Dundee will hold a seminar on examining institutional options for co-ordinating two framework conventions on transboundary waters – the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention and the 1992 UNECE Helsinki Convention. The main focus of the work is on assessing how these global/regional instruments can support the implementation of river basin specific agreements.

The seminar will be held in Styrelserummet, 4th floor, Juridicum.

Lund-Uppsala Migration Law Research Network publicly launched

The Lund-Uppsala Migration Law Research Network, or briefly L/UMIN, has been launched with a public event at a central venue in Stockholm today. Some 60 judges, ministry officials, decision-takers, case workers, legal representatives, NGO representatives and researchers were offering comments on nine projects within L/UMIN.

L/UMIN has concurrently launched its own website. Check out


for project details and contact information!