Between legality and legitimacy

The courtroom as a site of resistance in the criminalization of migration

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From left to right: Katja Franko, Hanna Haddeland. Photo: UiO, OsloMet

At this lunch webinar, Hanna Buer Haddeland and Katja Franko will present findings from their recent article Between legality and legitimacy: The courtroom as a site of resistance in the criminalization of migration. The article discusses the trials against Viste and Stålsett, both concerning the employment of migrants without work permits required to leave Norway after their asylum applications had been rejected.

In their article, Haddeland and Franko show how the courtroom is not merely a place for convictions but also a site for resistance and social mobilization: a platform that may give marginalized groups voice and visibility, invoking a complex picture of state power, involving the ability to use force as well as reluctance and ambivalence connected to the questionable legitimacy of criminalization strategies.

Hanna Buer Haddeland is a PhD candidate in Social Work and Social Policy at the Oslo Metropolitan Univeristy.

Katja Franko is Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo and member of the Research Group in Migration Law.

The webinar is hosted by the Research Group in Migration Law and is moderated by professor, and co-chair of the group, May-Len Skilbrei.

Published Apr. 20, 2021 5:19 PM - Last modified Apr. 20, 2021 5:33 PM