Sofie A.E. Høgestøl

Doctoral Research Fellow - Norwegian Centre for Human Rights
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Academic Interests

Sofie is writing her PhD on the selection of cases at international criminal courts, with a particular focus on the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL). In 2013, the SCSL became the first international criminal court to close since Nuremberg, and her PhD will critically reflect on what the prosecutorial experiences of the SCSL tells us about the way in which international criminal courts select their cases.

Her research interests are in the fields of international criminal law, human rights, and international courts.



Sofie A. E. Høgestøl received her BSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2008, and a Graduate Diploma in Law at the College of Law of England and Wales in 2009. From 2011-2012, she completed her LLM as a Norwegian Fulbright Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Centre.

At Georgetown Sofie also worked as a Research Assistant in human rights law, and received the Thomas B. Chetwood S. J. Prize for attaining the highest academic average in her LLM program.

In 2009 Sofie worked as a trainee at the Norwegian Embassy in The Hague, and in the fall of 2012 she also worked as an intern at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). In spring 2012 she taught international human rights law at the Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. At RULE she also helped coach the 2013 Cambodian JESSUP Team. Sofie began her PhD position in the fall of 2013.

Royich Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund Scholar 2014 and 2015

Winner of the Fulbright Norway Young Researcher Award 2017


  • International Criminal Law (JUS5570)
  • International Women’s Law and Human Rights (JUS5910)
  • Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy (JUS5912)
  • Public International Law (JUS2111)
  • Supervising Master Thesis


Tags: Human Rights, International Criminal Law, Public International Law



Andersson, Anna, Høgestøl, Sofie A. E., Lie, Anne Christine (2017). Fremmedkrigere: Forebygging, straffeforfølgning og rehabilitering i Skandinavia [Nordic Approaches to Foreign Fighters], Gyldendal - Forthcoming Fall 2017

Scientific Articles

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). The Habré Judgment at the Extraordinary African Chambers: A Singular Victory in the Fight Against Impunity. Nordic Journal of Human Rights.  ISSN 1891-8131.  34(3), s 147- 156. doi: 10.1080/18918131.2016.1233374

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). Er Den internasjonale straffedomstolen afrikafiendtlig? Konfliktselektivitet og internasjonale straffedomstoler [Does the ICC have an Africa bias? Conflict selectivity and international criminal courts]. Internasjonal Politikk.  ISSN 0020-577X.  74(2), s 1- 23 . doi:

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2015). Palestinian Membership of the ICC: A Preliminary Analysis. Nordic Journal of Human Rights.  ISSN 1891-8131.  33(3), s 193- 202 . doi: 10.1080/18918131.2015.1083216

Book Reviews 

Langvatn, Silje Aambø & Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2014). Book Review: International Criminal Justice: Legitimacy and Coherence, edited by G. Boas, W. A. Schabas and M. P. Scharf. Nordic Journal of International Law.  ISSN 0902-7351.  83(3), s 347- 355 . doi: 10.1163/15718107-08303003

Media and Popular Scientific Articles

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2017). Neste gang Trump ønsker å skrive en kontroversiell presidentordre, burde han spørre om hjelp fra en jurist først .

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E.; Lind, Guro Elisabeth; De Moor, Katrien; Storeng, Katerini Tagmatarchi; Knutsen, Carl Henrik; Midtbøen, Arnfinn Haagensen & Hølleland, Herdis (2016). Karrièreusikkerhet tærer på unge forskere . Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 16- 17

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. & Lohne, Kjersti (2016). Afrikansk flukt fra straffedomstolen . Dagsavisen.  ISSN 1503-2892.  s 34- 35

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). Chilcots knusende dom: Det ser brutalt ut for Tony Blair .

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). Historisk dom mot «Afrikas Pinochet» . Agenda Magasin.

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). Fremtidige krigsforbrytere kan ikke lenger føle seg trygge på at de ikke vil bli straffet .

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2016). Fire momenter som gjør rapporten om Assange mangelfull .

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2015). Russland, Storbritannia og USA er under gransking for krigsforbrytelser . Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 10- 11

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2015). Nå kan både israelske og palestinske ledere bli anklaget for krigsforbrytelser . Aftenposten Viten.

Høgestøl, Sofie A.E. (2014). Ingen rettferdighet for Røde Khmers ofre uten en uavhengig domstol . Aftenposten (morgenutg. : trykt utg.).  ISSN 0804-3116.  s 13- 13


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