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Public Seminar Series, Michaelmas term 2019

Series convenors: Professor Matthew J Gibney, Professor Cathryn Costello, Professor Tom Scott-Smith

About the speaker

Kristin Bergtora Sandvik’s is a Professor in the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo. She is also Research Professor in Humanitarian Studies at PRIO (Peace Research Institute Oslo), and the coordinator for the Humanitarianism research group. She has previously been the Director for the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies. At present, she is the project leader for the research project: “Aid in Crisis? Rights-based Approaches and Humanitarian Outcomes” (AIDEFFFECT) funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Research Council of Norway. 

Sandvik’s research agenda focuses on the development of a political and legal sociology of humanitarianism. Her research combines top-down and bottom-up perspectives on the development, role and place of legal norms, legal categories, legal identities and legal claims-making in conflict and humanitarian action. Sandvik is particularly concerned with soft law and with issues related to legality, legitimacy and accountability. While she has mainly used the qualitative methods of socio-legal studies, anthropology of law and international law (structured and semi-structured interviews, participant observation, literature reviews, discourse analysis, doctrinal legal analysis), she has have also directed mixed-methods projects involving household surveys and statistical comparison. Her geographic areas of expertise are Colombia and Uganda. Sandvik is also interested in emergent military and humanitarian technology, specifically focusing on cybersecurity, drones and robotics.

RSC Conference 2017: 'Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies'

The RSC hosted this international conference on 16-17 March 2017.

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Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture

The Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture is named in honour of Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, the founding Director of the Refugee Studies Centre. It is held each year in Michaelmas term.

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Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture

The Annual Elizabeth Colson Lecture is held in Trinity term. It is named after Professor Elizabeth Colson, a renowned anthropologist.

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Public Seminar Series

Each term the RSC holds a series of public seminars, held on Wednesday evenings at Queen Elizabeth House. Click here for details of forthcoming seminars.

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Forthcoming events

A film discussion evening on Shelter Without Shelter

Monday, 18 November 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Seeking protection from a place of refuge: refugees as the modern day Tantalus

Tuesday, 19 November 2019, 1pm to 2pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Continuums of exploitation - the legal framework on trafficking in persons

Wednesday, 20 November 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Digital refugee livelihoods: vulnerability as an opportunity in the future of work

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 1, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Bargains of inclusion: why some states give refugees the right to work

Tuesday, 03 December 2019, 1pm to 4pm @ Meeting Room A, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB

Third World Approaches to International Law: A retrospective with some implications for refugee and migration law

Wednesday, 04 December 2019, 5pm to 6.30pm @ Seminar Room 2, Oxford Department of International Development, 3 Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TB