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…)

The Role of the UN in the Realization of Human Rights

The realization of

RWI Director Morten Kjaerum joins the likes of Tawakkol Karman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, and Adama Dieng, UN’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as a contributing author to the current issue of the UN Chronicle. The UN Chronicle is a magazine that covers information as well as debates on the activities of the United Nations system and acts as an important tool for the dissemination of human rights knowledge. (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

Human Rights are Part of the Solution to Terrorism

Counter-terrorism in the European union

Jonas Grimheden talked about the European Union’s counter-terrorism policies and their implications for human rights recently at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.

As Senior Policy Manager at the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), a decentralised center of fundamental rights expertise for the EU, Grimheden works daily to ensure full respect for human rights across the Union.

Grimheden discussed the current EU legal framework that is in place to combat terrorism and asked if it is ever possible for human rights to be compatible with counter-terrorism measures.
“For a sustainable strategy combating terrorism, human rights have to be included,” he said. “The two are not in opposition with each other and human rights have to be part of the picture.” (more…)

Khan Says Rule of Law Vital For Sustainable Development


Irene Khan, the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), said weak institutions, competition for aid, and recurring conflict and violence are signs of the troubling times we are facing.

“What kind of future do we want to pass on to the next generation?” she asked, saying there were no easy answers. “However there is hope and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda supports it.”