Kjersti Lohne

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Lohne was awarded her doctorate in Criminology from the University of Oslo (2015). Her thesis Advocates of Humanity: Human Rights NGOs in International Criminal Justice analyses the cultural meaning of global justice-making through international criminal law, and focuses specifically on the role that human rights NGOs play in the fight against impunity for international crimes. It is based on a multi-sited ethnography including interviews with key players in The Hague (and other places in the Netherlands) and in Uganda as well as Belgium, Norway, Rwanda and the UK. Lohne received His Majesty the King's Gold Medal for this research in 2017 and has since published the thesis as a monograph on Oxford University Press (2019). Her book has received outstanding reviews here, here, and here. A presentation of the book's major arguments can be viewed here. In 2019, she received the European Society for Criminology's Young Criminologist Award. 

Lohne has previously worked at the Police University College Oslo (2010), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) (2010, 2016), PluriCourts and the Department of Public and International Law, UiO (2016, 2019-2020). She has been a visiting researcher at the Center for International Criminal Justice at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (2013), the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford (2014), and at iCourts at the University of Copenhagen (2018).

Lohne is a member of the Young Academy of Norway

Lohne is a member of the University Board where she represents fixed-term employees. 

Lohne is currently editing a special issue for Theoretical Criminology.

In 2020, she was awarded 8 million NOK as part of the Research Council of Norway's Young Research Talents grant scheme for the project "Promoting Justice in a Time of Friction: Scandinavian Penal Exports". The project will begin at the end of 2021. 

Lohne is presently on maternity leave. 

Research interests

Lohne's primary interest is the role of judicalisation and criminal punishment in the making of global social order, which she is currently approaching through a number of different empirical research fields and projects:

  • International criminal justice
  • The Guatanamo military commissions and the global war on terror
  • Rule of (criminal) law development and "penal aid" to transitional states (postdoctoral research project at IKRS). The project is part of the interdisciplinary research project Nordic Branding at UiO, and the Nordic project Nordic Exceptionalism in International Criminal Justice coordinated by iCourts at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Rights-based approaches to humanitarian action (with Kristin Bergtora Sandvik)

Lohne has also published in international peer-review journals on other research topics, such as privacy and data protection, gender, crime and sexual violence, and drones.


Lohne teaches several courses at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law. She is currently responsible for 

Lohne has also taught at the Police University College in Oslo, the Artic University of Norway,  Copenhagen Business School, and Vrije University in Amsterdam.

Fellowships and academic networks

Research grants and project member

  • Promoting Justice in a Time of Friction: Scandinavian Penal Exports (PI), 8 million NOK from the RCN - FRIPRO Young Research Talents
  • LAW22JULY: RIPPLES: Rights, Institutions, Procedures, Participation, Litigation: Embedding Security (work package leader), 12 million NOK from the RCN - SAMRISK
  • JUSTICE360: Global Atrocity Justice Constellations, EU COST ACTION, 
  • Scandinavian Rights Revolution (member), 5.6 million SEK from the Swedish Research Council
  • Nordic Exceptionalism in International Criminal Justice (member), NOS-HS, 402,000 SEK
  • Nordic Branding project - The Politics of Making Nordic Models (member) UiONorden, 12.1 million NOK
  • Multiple small-scale individual research and travel grants, including an individual grant for a 6 months research project on the role of NGOs in the Guantanamo military commissions. 
Published June 4, 2020 9:33 AM - Last modified Mar. 18, 2021 4:20 PM