Exploring models and options for a Swedish NHRI

Roundtable report

In January 2015, the Human Rights Council of the UN recommended that Sweden established an independent national human rights institution. The Swedish government accepted this recommendation and announced that it would initiate the work of establishing such an institution. As a response to the announcement, various human rights organizations in Sweden formed a network in order to discuss what a Swedish NHRI could look like.

In June 2016, members of this network were invited to the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Lund to take part in a roundtable discussion on the future role and institutional set-up of a Swedish NHRI. (more…)

CANCELLED: Lecture on the 1951 Convention on Refugees


CANCELLED: The lecture scheduled for Feb 16, has unfortunately been cancelled. We hope Cathryn can come and present her lecture at a later stage.



The lecture will be given by Cathryn Costello, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in International Human Rights and Refugee Law, at the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), Oxford.

By definition, refugees are outside their country of nationality. Their flight generally takes them across many borders, but increasingly that flight and onward movement is suppressed. This talk will examine the Refugee Convention’s approach to refugee mobility. The lecture will explore how the drafters of the Convention envisaged refugees’ flight and search for protection in a bordered world, and survey contemporary state practice interpreting and applying this provision.

Chair: Thomas Gammeltoft Hansen, Head of Research, Raoul Wallenberg Institute
Discussant: Gregor Noll, Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, Lund University

Venue: Rättegångssalen (the Court Room) 2nd Floor, Berlingska Tryckeriet at the Faculty of Law, Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 3C, Lund

Date:February 16

Time: 15:00 – 16:30

For more information, contact:


Gabriel Stein

Head of Communications

+46 462221259

Suffolk Transnational Law Review Addresses Europe’s Refugee Situation

Suffolk Transnational Review

A recent special edition of the Suffolk Transnational Law Review, featuring a number of articles written by scholars and researchers working or affiliated with RWI, aims to contribute to an increased understanding of the current refugee situation as it unfolds in Europe.

Through the perspective of these six leading voices in the human rights field, it provides an overview of how international human rights law and the current refugee situation in Europe have evolved since 2015.


New Human Rights Research Hub Launched in Lund

Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law have launched a new human rights hub. The Lund Human Rights Research Hub is meant to be a core driver in developing new research, education, and dissemination of human rights to meet the most pressing human rights challenges of today.

The hub will officially be launched on December 8 at 14:00 in the Lund University Main Building. The event is open to all.

Jonas Hafström, chairman of the board of Lund University, and Morten Kjaerum, the director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, will deliver welcome speeches.

“The hub Morten Kjaerum2will be one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary human rights research environments and it will put Lund University and Sweden on the map as a key player in the field of human rights,” says Kjaerum.